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We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Metrix147: 11:52am On Jun 07
As the clamour for a new constitution continues, the House of Representatives on Sunday said such demand is not possible at the moment, stating that the 1999 Constitution only made provisions for amendments and not a brand new one, ABN TV reports.

The Green Chamber further explained that returning to the 1963 constitution as being campaigned in some quarters is impracticable, insisting that it will only take the powers of the people and confer them on a few individuals.

This is in response to calls for the ongoing Constitution Review process to be abandoned for a new constitution

Spokesman of the House of Representatives, Benjamin Kalu while speaking on Sunday said, "The constitution establishes the parameters and limits of government engagement and power. It serves as a tool for the government to determine the extent to which it can impose laws and regulations on the country’s population.

“The Constitution serves three important functions. It is the legal document from which every institution in the country gets its validity; it contains all the fundamental rights of every Nigerian citizen and it is the basis of the social contract between citizens and the state”.

Speaking on the 1963 constitution, Kalu said: “The 1963 Constitution had certain merits at the time. In that document, an elected president replaced the British Monarch who was Nigeria’s head under the Independence Constitution and the constitution was an autochthonous one credited for being a product of extensive consultation and public input.

“It made the Supreme Court the final court of appeal instead of the British Privy Council and the rights of Nigerian citizens were fully guaranteed and entrenched in it.

“Despite these merits of the 1963 constitution, Nigerians must acknowledge that law is made for man and not man for the law. The 1963 constitution was ideal for Nigeria that had just attained its independence and was still asserting its sovereignty and freedom from British colonial influence.

“Our country, and indeed, the world have evolved from the prevailing circumstances of 58 years ago and as such, we must focus on improving the current constitution rather than adopting a 6-decade old constitution.

“We must also acknowledge the fact that the 1963 constitution was an imperfect document that had certain demerits. These include the fact that the President was elected by the National Assembly who constituted the minority instead of the majority of the electorate.

“It permitted ‘carpet-crossing’ in which elected politicians shifted party allegiance for personal rewards, there was parliamentary supremacy in the constitution, while the Prime Minister was accountable to the parliament and not to the people.

“So, rather than replacing the 1999 constitution with an archaic one, I am strongly of the opinion that a comparative analysis of the merits and demerits of both Constitutions must be had in order to adopt that which worked from 1963 and expunge that which does not work in the current constitution”.

He added: “While the calls for a total constitutional overhaul are valid and understandable, we must acknowledge that the situation in Nigeria demands a quick review of the constitution as opposed to a total overhaul, for want of time.

“A review of the Constitution has become necessary in the face of growing insecurity and threats exposing the fragility of the Nigerian state. Fortunately, the 9th House of Representatives has severally affirmed its commitment to reviewing the 1999 Constitution in line with the yearnings of Nigerians”.
https://abntv.com.ng/2021/06/we-cant-have-a-new-constitution-or-return-to-that-of-1963-reps-insists/

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Nuelito: 11:58am On Jun 07
This kontri problem big pass zuma rock

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Kandeed: 12:03pm On Jun 07
hmm
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by DDDEnterprises: 12:05pm On Jun 07
Kandeed:
hmm

Wetin dey smell? angry

and who are those asking for new constitution by the way? I thought what people wanted was break up

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by donbachi(m): 12:10pm On Jun 07
Ordinary constitution,you people cannot rewrite...but,rewrites budget padding back to back.

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Tinubuadvocate: 12:13pm On Jun 07
I'm against this.
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by socialmediaman: 12:13pm On Jun 07
Well they have even taken away our freedom of movement, wetin remain?

https://www.nairaland.com/6590028/travel-restrictions-been-place-nigeria
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by updatechange(m): 12:14pm On Jun 07
undecided
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by spearman(m): 12:14pm On Jun 07
Mr. Idiot; We have no valid constitution as the 1999 Military Edict is a forgery and you are a criminal usurper of the sovereignty of the people.

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Ebimor96: 12:32pm On Jun 07
Why not?

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Ebimor96: 12:33pm On Jun 07
W
Just why not... why not?
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by puremaker7(m): 12:55pm On Jun 07
We are done.

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by ifynicky: 1:04pm On Jun 07
Is the present fraudulent constitution like the 10 commandments?

If the power lies in the people the conduct a referendum for a new constitution

But no way.. some people want to be enjoying monopoly while others are eatin grasses daily.

Majority is asking for total scrap. Is democracy not govt of the people?

We will just keep going round in a circle.

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by MajesticKris: 2:08pm On Jun 07
I knew it....
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Clearconcept278: 2:21pm On Jun 07
Oh
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Ezedon(m): 2:21pm On Jun 07
USELESS PEOPLE

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Austineva2: 2:22pm On Jun 07
Rubbish! FG has pocketed these ones! What a country! If they can't then let Nigeria divide and let every region rule its self!

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Gamer999: 2:22pm On Jun 07
Buhari is a monumental failure

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Xscape047: 2:22pm On Jun 07
ABI
Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Analyst7(m): 2:22pm On Jun 07
The country will be much better if this people are just nuked in that hall

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by temmyyem: 2:22pm On Jun 07
If doctrine of necessity can be used to install former president, the same can be used for referendum or to create a new constitution. Rubbish people.

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Adaorababy(f): 2:22pm On Jun 07
Can we amend NA salaries and allowances please?

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Earthquakes: 2:22pm On Jun 07
What does this mean??
No hope for the country

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Grace001: 2:23pm On Jun 07
Of course they will rather hold on to the present constitution that is designed to render 80% Nigerians into abject poverty.

That’s how Nigeria system is designed through this present constitution to constantly put 80% Nigerians in abject poverty, no improvement.

So the politicians(oppressors) can continue to have their way.

Things like this make me believe that Nigerians are destine to suffering and smiling lifestyle.

Oppressors don’t want the oppressed to be free

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by mzBEAM(f): 2:23pm On Jun 07
Awon mUdafVckN oloriburuku

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by ednut1(m): 2:23pm On Jun 07
The 1963 constitution allows for few individuals to be powerful and minority silenced. This is 2021 not 1963

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Re: We Can't Have A New Constitution Or Return To That Of 1963 — Reps Insists by Dukeolumidemans(m): 2:24pm On Jun 07
Jokers everywhere...

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