National Assembly Should Be Stripped Of Their Main Power – Ozekhome Argues

Lawyer, and delegate at the national conference Chief Mike Ozekhome has told the conference that National Assembly should not be allowed to make constitutions.

He gave the USA as an example, saying that they made their constitution through a conference in Pennsylvania, Philadelphia and not through their national assembly.

HE said that the only right the Assembly should have is the right of amendment and not the right of enactment, He said: “I want to make a point that the virus that has afflicted Nigerian constitutional framework since 1914 has been the fact that Nigerians have never bought into their constitution.

The constitution were either colonially imposed or militarily imposed. The Nigerian people are yearning for s brand new constitution; a constitution that is homegrown, a constitution that derives its legitimacy from the people of Nigeria.

We are not undermining the National Assembly. They are well respected but under Section 9 of the present constitution, their job is to amend the existing constitution.

There is no where in the world that the National Assembly makes a new constitution,” he said. But former Governor of Rivers Sate, Dr. Peter Odili urged delegates to commit themselves to the collective cause of entrenching the unity of Nigeria.Continue reading

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