Ijaw leader Edwin Clark has described the 1999 constitution as a ‘scam’, saying it was put together by the military with little or no inputs from Nigerians, Ekohotblog reports.
Speaking at the National Restructuring Summit in Abuja on Wednesday, the former federal commissioner for information said Nigeria has become a failed state because things are no longer working properly.
The elder statesman says Nigeria cannot achieve any significant growth as it’s presently constituted as the 1999 stifles progress and development and only benefits a motley crowd of persons at the corridor of power.
He averred that the only constitution the country had was the 1963, noting that those who benefited from the maiden post independence constitution are now the ones managing the affairs of the country and their actions have left much to be desired.
“Nigeria is a failed state, failed state in the sense that nothing works anymore. Bring the best expert to come and manage Nigeria under the 1999 constitution it will not yield any result because the 1999 constitution is a scam,” Vanguard Newspaper quoted the elder statesman to have said.
“The last constitution we had in this country was the 1963 constitution, the 1999 constitution was dictated by the military and handed down to Nigeria and that is why nothing works.”
“Some people who run Nigeria were beneficiaries of the 1963 constitution, beneficiaries of true federalism,” Mr. Clark asserted.
The Niger-Delta leader explained that the citizens of the oil-rich region have suffered most injustice in Nigeria which could only be corrected via restructuring through federalism and resources control.
“A situation where we can control our resources and pay tax to the center, other regions have enjoyed this before. So we have suffered the most in Nigeria, we are not saying we should have everything that belongs to us, but we the people of Niger-Delta believe in restructuring through federalism,” Mr. Edwin said.
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