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Is It Now The Time To Amend The Nigerian Constitution?

American laws, which are derived from their constitution, are regarded as equal denominator. Although American laws are not absolutely perfect, I cannot over stress the protection of individual rights, fairness of justice, freedom of speech and movement, religious tolerance, discipline, freedom of press, right to bear arms, due process, right of the people peacefully to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances etc, which the constitution and laws have provided for the citizens.

Whatever power is not granted to the leaders and politicians of America by the constitution is invested with the citizens. The citizens, with the power of their votes, can change any political party that fails to perform to the satisfaction of the American people. Can the same statement be made about Nigerian constitution and the citizens too? NO!

America is a country of laws, and can enforce it 99% of all time without fear or favor. It is only good and effective laws that can bring different people from different countries, with different background to the same level without discriminations. In America, ignorant of the laws does not exculpate the defaulter.

In comparison, while American constitution and laws have yielded positive results in providing good welfare for the citizens, justice, transparency, and economic development etc, for the country, and continue to head NORTH in those areas, Nigerian constitution and laws have yielded negative results in the same areas, and continue to head SOUTH, in the wrong direction. In agreement with the biblical saying, that “by their fruits thou shall know them.” I let my readers be the judge.

If Nigeria is going to remain united, and be a viable economic power as America, or other developed countries of the world, it must find this missing thread.

Our strength and unity cannot come from a common language, color of our skin, geographical location, culture, diversity, size and population, but in our laws and order which will be embedded in our constitutions.

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We should amend our corrupt ways first, otherwise the constitution amendment will be mired in corruption.

EFCC should be given the free hand to investigate and prosecute corrupt persons.

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Constitution: Soyinka accuses N’Assembly of insincerity - http://www.nigerianewsdirect.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=184:constitution-soyinka-accuses-nassembly-of-insincerity&catid=86:national-assembly&Itemid=296

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the constitution amendment is a distraction, i dont support total review except the part that has to deal will electoral process, for now we havent even implemented the one we have, its just a source of another controversy and tax payers money down the soakaway, the current legislatures are a dissapointment

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Noble idea but a constitutional amendment in Nigeria is EXTREMELY difficult. You need a two-thirds majority vote in the Senate, another a two-thirds majority vote in the House of Reps, then a majority vote in the state legislatures! When was the last time Nigerians ever agreed across the federation to that extent?

Since independence in 1960, only the military has managed to make substantive constitutional amendments because they don't need votes.

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Having our constitution revisited will give we Nigerians a say on how we are been governed and led. We will also have the oppourtunity to say no.

Guys we are now librated from the draconian rules of the constitution which clamps down on freedom of speech so don't hold back.

I need this thread to keep going and people signifying their support, by agreeing or disagreeing with me.

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picture tell you more. why we need to review

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The truth remains that the current crop of legislators cannot and will never amend Nigeria's constitution successfully because of their corrupt nature. PDP as a party has nothing to offer rather than more corruption and total waste to the country's resources. Nigerians should not expect much from them at all.

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