Constitution: New states, flags, true federalism top demands

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•Division over roles for traditional rulers

By OUR REPORTERS

The one-day public hearing on the Constitution review took place across the country last Saturday with groups making cases for defined roles for traditional rulers, new states and true federalism, among others. It was a cacophony of voices as reflected in the reports sent in by our correspondents. From Asaba, Delta State, PAUL OSUYI said the Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, at the weekend gave reasons the House adopted the people’s public session initiative rather than a referendum in the review of the 1999 Constitution. Tambuwal said that referendum as a legislative process, is unconstitutional, as it was not contemplated by the Nigerian Constitution.

He spoke in Asaba, Delta State, through the member representing Aniocha/Oshimili constituency, Mr. Ndudi Elumelu at a one-day People’s Public Session organised by the House for the people in that constituency. The House Committee on the review organized the sessions nation-wide. “For referendum to be a lawful legislative or even administrative decision-making process in any jurisdiction, it must either be expressly prescribed in the Constitution of that legal system, or must have become a Constitutional convention by notoriety or a child of necessity arising from constitutional overthrow as in a past revolution situation,” he explained.

The Speaker noted that in jurisdictions where referendum is a process in the legal system, it was rarely used and that it has not proven to be a more credible option in the review process. Tambuwal said the House in adopting the public session was guided by Section 9(2) of the Constitution which provides for popular participation. “We are also persuaded that this process, once successfully carried out should reasonably lay to rest the raging arguments about the autochthony of our Constitution and consequently we, the people… will no longer be a lie.”

He said that referendum was not available to the House, but that the House would be willing to accept a bill proposing the inclusion of referendum in the Constitution in the review process. From Timothy Ola, Maiduguri came a report that Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State has called for the inclusion of defined roles for traditional rulers in the new constitution. Shettima who presented his position on the review at a public session organised by the committee in Maiduguri weekend, called for the recognition of the roles of traditional rulers in the Constitution for the development of the society. “If we feel our traditional rulers are not that important to government, why do we use them to help us in our campaigns against polio and other health challenges. Why do we need their intervention on security issue, why should we consult them on governance and maintenance of peace and order in their domains?” Shettima queried. He said traditional institution had played prominent roles before and during colonial administration of their communities, recalling that “they were highly respected mobilizers of the people in support of government programmes and policies.”

The governor wondered why the traditional institution was given roles in the 1979 Constitution but omitted in the 1999 Constitution. Gov Shettima noted that traditional rulers had made immense contributions to the emergence of a united Nigeria socially, economically and politically. “Presently, traditional rulers and emirate councils are involved in security, tax collection, publicity and enlightenment campaigns in their areas of jurisdiction,” he disclosed even as he proposed that the funding of the traditional institution should come directly from the federation account. Chairman on the occasion and former ambassador to Iran and Saudi Arabia, Ahmed Gazali, lauded the attendance, describing it as impressive. He said anyone who understands the security challenge in the state would not expect a huge turn out at the public hearing. Former Special Adviser to ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, Prof. Julius Ihonvbere, says states should have their own constitutions, flags, crest and anthem to reflect true federalism.

Speaking at the Constitution Amendment review in Owan Federal constituency in Edo State last Saturday,  Prof Ihonvbere said the Constitution should be subjected to a referendum to give it a wider acceptance. He said that every Nigerian should have a copy of the Constitution at no cost, as is done in other African countries. He decried a situation where politicians “Abujarised” the formation of political parties, where one needs to have offices across the 36 states of the federation, including Abuja before one can contest for a councillor in his ward, describing it as “antithetical to genuine democracy.” Facilitator of the conference, Hon. Pally Iriase, says he is buoyed by the resolve of Owan people’s large turn-out on the occasion. He said the beauty of this Constitution amendment is that it is what the people of Nigeria want that will be reflected and not what the political elite desired.

He averred that the wishes and rights of the people will not be trampled upon in the amendment process.  However, Nigerians are sceptical about the template set for voting on key issues at the House’s peoples’ public session on the review of the 1999 construction. For instance the people are miffed over the lumping of section 315 (5) (a) and (b) all together – the National Youth Service Corps Act, the Land Use Act, Public Complaints Commission Act, Nation Security Agencies Act – where voters are only oblige to say yes or no for the removal or otherwise of the section of the constitution.

Meanwhile, Gov Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State said he would throw his weight behind the review as long as the amended constitution would ensure good governance and rule of law rather than a legal document to satisfy various agitations in the country. Gaidam in his presentation at a public hearing on the review held weekend at the WAWA Hall of the Government House, Damaturu said, “poverty alleviation, restoration of security to life and property, massive job creation; among other national interests and issues should be the main grey areas to be reflected in the constitutional amendment.” He said the 1999 Constitution was hurriedly fashioned out during the military administration, arguing that it contains some undemocratic clauses. He, however, noted that with the wide consultations going on for the review of the constitution, the country should have a more “democratic and acceptable constitution” for the nation’s diverse religious and ethnic groups. The governor stressed that poverty alleviation, restoration of security, promotion of employment among other national interests, should be the cardinal objectives of the new constitution. But opposing Borno State Gov. Shettima are the people of Anaocha\ Dunukofia\Njokoka federal constituency who rejected constitutional roles for traditional rulers even as they supported six-year single term for President and governors. EMMANUEL UZOR reported from Onitsha, Anambra State that the rejection of the constitutional roles for traditional rulers arose when one of the traditional rulers in Njikoka council area requested that 10 per cent of local government allocation should be given to them. However, the Constitution review witnessed a great turn-out with the member representing Anaocha\Dunukofia\Njikoka Federal Constituency, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife addressing the audience at Abagana, headquarters of Njikoka council area. During the public hearing, the people voted against constitutional roles for traditional rulers, state police and 35 per cent for Women Afirmation Act among others and supported six-year single term for President and governors and financial autonomy for local government system and state legislature. Addressing the people after the public function, Mrs. Ekwunife said the action was to make the people part of the Constitution which would be a working document that will the guide the actions of the people. She said that the review would help bring development to the grassroots and make the people part of the opinion in the country.

Meanwhile, Gov Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe State said he would throw his weight behind the review as long as the amended constitution would ensure good governance and rule of law rather than a legal document to satisfy various agitations in the country. Gaidam in his presentation at a public hearing on the review held weekend at the WAWA Hall of the Government House, Damaturu said, “poverty alleviation, restoration of security to life and property, massive job creation; among other national interests and issues should be the main grey areas to be reflected in the constitutional amendment.” He said the 1999 Constitution was hurriedly fashioned out during the military administration, arguing that it contains some undemocratic clauses.

He, however, noted that with the wide consultations going on for the review of the constitution, the country should have a more “democratic and acceptable constitution” for the nation’s diverse religious and ethnic groups. The governor stressed that poverty alleviation, restoration of security, promotion of employment among other national interests, should be the cardinal objectives of the new constitution. But opposing Borno State Gov. Shettima are the people of Anaocha\ Dunukofia\Njokoka federal constituency who rejected constitutional roles for traditional rulers even as they supported six-year single term for President and governors. EMMANUEL UZOR reported from Onitsha, Anambra State that the rejection of the constitutional roles for traditional rulers arose when one of the traditional rulers in Njikoka council area requested that 10 per cent of local government allocation should be given to them. However, the Constitution review witnessed a great turn-out with the member representing Anaocha\Dunukofia\Njikoka Federal Constituency, Mrs. Uche Ekwunife addressing the audience at Abagana, headquarters of Njikoka council area. During the public hearing, the people voted against constitutional roles for traditional rulers, state police and 35 per cent for Women Afirmation Act among others and supported six-year single term for President and governors and financial autonomy for local government system and state legislature. Addressing the people after the public function,

Mrs. Ekwunife said the action was to make the people part of the Constitution which would be a working document that will the guide the actions of the people. She said that the review would help bring development to the grassroots and make the people part of the opinion in the country. From LAYI OLANREWAJU, Ilorin, the people of southern part of Kwara State strongly agitated for the creation of Igbomina State along with their kindred in two local government areas of Osun State. The clamour topped the block response of the people at the well-attended public session held at Omupo and Omu-Aran respectively. The ‘yes’ voting referendum was unanimous by the people who thundered in a charged atmosphere where security was manned by local vigilance groups armed with traditional war equipment The request for the state, as contained in their memo, would consist of the present Irepodun Local Government, Ifelodun Local Government, Isin Local Government, Offa Local government, Oyun Local Government, Ekiti Local Goverbnment, Oke Ero Local Government, all in Kwara State as well as Ila and Ifedayo Local Government Areas in Osun State. However, at the forum, the Ekitii stock in Kwara at a forum opposed to being part of the requested state, but wanted to be merged with Ekiti State as presently constituted arguing that for over a century, they had been agitating to be in the South- West and not in any way be made to be in the North.

The Igbominas had argued in their memorandum that their agitation at a point in 1957 was an issue before a Minority Commission set up by the then Secretary of State for The Colonies, Sir Allan Lennox-Boyed purposely to “ameliorate the dominant group’s marginalization of the minorities in Nigeria. In the memorandum signed by first class traditional rulers from the area in Kwara and Osun states, the Orangun of Ila, Orangun of Oke Ila, the Olupo of Ajase Ipo, Elese of Igbaja, Ôlomu of Omu-Aran and The Olusin of Isin as well as prominent citizens of the areas. They include Chief Yemi Farounbi, Brigadier General David Bamgboye (rtd), Rear Admiral A.A Afolayan (rtd), Prince T.A Oyinlola, Rev (Dr) Adeniyi Babalola and Chief Raimi Oladimeji. Meanwhile, the move for the creation of state police in the country at the weekend suffered a setback as the people of Cross River have unanimously rejected its inclusion in constitution amendment, JUDEX OKORO reported from Calabar. There had been a call for the amendment of Section 214 (1) of the 1999 Constitution to enable for the creation of state police. Making their position known on during session in the eight federal constituencies of the state, some of the stakeholders who contributed to the issue argued that the present federal police structure was good enough to handle the security situation in the country. They, however, said that the governors should be given more powers to control the commissioner of police. Mr Etim Inyang, a legal practitioner from Akamkpa/Biasse federal constituency said that it was unfair for state governors to be called Chief Security Officers without any control: “State governors are not in control of commissioner of police, yet they are called chief security officers; it is unfair and this should not be allowed to continue, ‘’ he said. At Akpabuyo/Bakassi/Calabar South Federal Constituency held at Cultural Centre, Calabar, contributors insisted that the present federal structure of the Nigeria Police Force should remain. The constituencies also voted for amendment to Section 197 (1) of the Constitution to abolish the State Independent Electoral Commission (SIEC) and rather suggested that the present Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) should be strengthened to allow them conduct all elections in the country. They called for the amendment of the Section 162 (1) of the constitution to abolish ‘State Joint Local Government Account’ and to allow Local Government Councils receive their allocations directly. On the the tenure of executive, the people of Cross River State also proposed one single term tenure for presidents and governors and the office of the president should be on merit rather than zoning. T

hey agreed that the Section 135 and 180 (2) be amended to create a single tenure of six years for the Office of President and Governor respectively. They agreed that there should be specific provision in the constitution to take care of the interests of persons with disability. In an exclusive interview with some members of the Lower House of National Assembly, they promised that the new constitution will reflect the views and wishes of Nigerians. From Lagos, OLUWOLE ROTIMI reported that the need to have a constitution that would encompass provisions of true federalism and give local governments autonomy was widely touted in the review held last Saturday.

The session revealed that the people were in dire need of a constitution review to address the grey areas said to be dragging the country back. Fielding questions from journalists, the House of Representatives Deputy Chairman on Finance, Michael Yomi Ogunnusi, representing Ifako-Ijaiye, said the review would lay to rest all the problems currently confronting Nigeria as a country. Ogunnusi who said the review would address some of the pitfalls identified in the 1999 Constitution, added that the House of Representatives would take careful consideration of peoples’ view in the amendment. *GBENGA ADESUYI, reporting from Ibadan said that the people of Oyo federal constituency gathered at the Durbar Stadium in Oyo to reaffirm their commitment to the creation of new Oyo State from the present Oyo State with the capital at Oyo Alaafin. In attendance at the forum was Hon. Kamil Akinlabi, representing Afijio/Atiba/Oyo-East/Oyo-West Federal Constituency. The Alaafin of Oyo, Oba Lamidi Olayiwola Adeyemi 111, who led his people under 151 various associations and groups in his speech recalled that the prime position Oyo town in the country had historically conferred on it the state capital status. . Oba Adeyemi commended the House of Representatives for the initiative, describing it as the first time such an exercise would be brought to the grass roots and ensure community participation while urging the people to utilize the opportunity brought before them.

Akinlabi, the chief host, who took the copies of memoranda from the various speakers for onward transmission to Abuja told the people of Oyo in the gathering that Oba Adeyemi had on two different occasions visited the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Abuja on the issue of creation of new Oyo State. *OKEY SAMPSON said constituents of Aba federal constituency in Abia State, comprising Aba North and south local governments, want the ‘state joint local government account’ abolished during the amendment of the 1999 constitution. The people voiced their view in Aba last Saturday during the public session on the review of the 1999 Nigerian constitution held at the Aba town hall. They believed that abolishing the state local government joint account would not only stop state governors from interfering with funds of local governments and accelerate development at that level, but would also strengthen local government autonomy being presently canvassed for. *From NOAH EBIJE came a report that political thugs, traditional rulers as well as religious leaders at the weekend took over venues of public session in Kaduna. The public session recorded success in Kaduna North, Igabi and Chikun Federal Constituencies as the exercise ended without hitches. Eager youths as well as traditional and religious leaders stormed the venues of the public session as early as 9am to express their feelings on issues bothering them. The thugs were occasionally chased out of the venues by securitymen made up of mainly policemen and civil defence corps..

However, speaking at the end of the public session, member, representing Igabi Federal Constituency who is also the Kaduna State Chairman of the Constitution Review Committee in the National Assembly, Ibrahim Bello, said out of 43 questions discussed at the session, only five issues were opposed. “We are here for the people and that is what we have just conducted here in the Federal Constituency where by all the 43 questions were properly addressed by the people and they were given the opportunity to speak their minds on the issues because it is the interest of the people that is paramount and they have to be given utmost consideration.

“The steering committee are here with me and we are going to deliberate on all what was discussed for their amendment before we take it back to the National Assembly,” he said. Against the public hearing towards the amendment, Founder and president of Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Dr. Fredrick Fasehun, has described the effort as “exercise in futility.” Addressing a press conference in Lagos at the weekend, Fasehun reminded that “National Assembly members’ mandate is to make laws and not to make the constitution.”, reports RAZAQ BAMIDELE. While stating that “there is a gulf of deference between law making and constitution making,” the OPC boss asserted that “the onus of constitution making lies on the people of Nigeria,” saying “we are the custodians of sovereignty.” Against this background, Fasehun insisted that “the only authentic and acceptable process for constitution is through Sovereign National Conference (SNC), emphasising that “no amount of panel beating of the current constitution imposed on us by the Military can make it acceptable.” The National Assembly has been urged to create a separate office for the Accountant-General for local government areas in the country different from the office of the state or the federation, as part of the proposed amendment. From Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, LAYI OLANREWAJU reports that the member representing Ilorin East/South federal constituency Dr Ali Ahmad assured his constituents of the determination of the National Assembly to produce the people-oriented amended constitution for better development of the nation. Dr Ali, who spoke during the public session held at Royal Shekina Hotels in Ilorin, where participants agreed to the alteration of 24 of the issues in the templates for voting while 19 were not allowed to be changed out of the total 43 clauses presented in the questionnaire for delebration. According to him,” there is no perfect constitution the world over, hence, the need for the review of the constitution.” He said for the constitution to stand the test of time, it must be supported by a vibrant judiciary and executive to make it work better. The lawmaker noted that the 1999 constitution has suffered a lot of amendments and that the people must be ready to make their contributions in the present amendment. *TONY JOHN reported from Port harcourt, Rivers State, also asid, traditional rulers have demanded constitutional roles, as they have been relegated to the background by both the federal and state governments for too long now. The demand was made, by the Chairman of Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State, Timothy Nsirim, at a public hearing organized by member representing Obio/Akpor constituency Kingsley Chindah, in Port Harcourt. Nsirim said the call was necessary following perceived disparity in the revenue sharing process in the country between the Federal, State and Local governments. He said that the issue of local government autonomy should also include having an accountant-general to represent the local governments in the revenue allocation/sharing platform at the Federal level. “We are short-changed by both the states and the federal government. The local government’s account should be different from that of the state government and we should have our own accountant-general to represent us in Abuja because we do not know what is happening there.” At the event, traditional rulers demanded specific roles, as they had been relegated to the background by both the Federal and state governments for too long now. They particularly queried why the traditional ruler of Omuokiri-Aluu community should be arrested for not being able to stop the recent killing of the four students of the University of Port Harcourt students, when in the real sense the traditional ruler had no constitutional powers to do so.

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  1. I agree with Fasehun that National Assembly members’ mandate is to make laws and not to make the constitution. In the first place, the constitution as it is now is not made by Nigerian people. That clause WE THE PEOPLE OF NIGERIA is an insult to the people of this country. The constitution was made by the British imperialists with periodic alterations by Sokoto Caliphates. All the federating units of this country must come together on a round table and agree on the constitution drafting. We are just altering a constitution made by other people. And which was designed to suit them. When and where did the people of Nigerians sat down and created the current 36 States and 774 Local government? Who allocated 44 Local government Areas to Kano State? In his bedroom, Abacha single handedly created 2 States. Which constitution gave IBB and Gowan powers to create States. Our National Assembly members are just shying away from the truth. They are afraid of the superiority of SNC over National Assembly. Well, we are watching them.

    • I thank you for your critical and analytical suggestion. Besides, The constitution of Nigeria is doctored by Northeners to satisfiey their self-centered political motives which are now working in their disadvantage. My question is how did the North with only one region during the first republic should have 19 states, while 3 regions in the south namely Eastern, Western and Mid-Western regions should share only but 17 states. Creation of states LGAs, Fed and State contituencies as well as national appointements should be reflected using 4 regions of first republic. 19 states in the North, 19 states in the East, 19 states in the West and 19 states in Mid-west. The north should be made to understand that the allocation that they have been using to run north is coming from the south not from the North. They should refund all the money given to them and as a matter of urgency scrap states and LGAs to suit the meagre resources from the North. More States and LGAs should be created in the South. This should be 3 for South-East, 2 for South-South and 2 for South-west and 1 for North East. Min of Niger Delta and NDDC should be scraped to be replaced by additional 1 state in the south-south

      • The north believes it is more brilliant than the rest of Nigeria. It wants to cling to the present rigged political structure with states derived by landmass as main criterion. Thus, in the old three southern regions, old provinces were merged to form one state, while in the old one northern region, old provinces were divided as many times as north’s military leaders wanted to derive as many states as they could. Many of once developing provinces in the south now merged two to three to form one state suffer retarded development, while once villages now made states in the north have since had development enhanced in them mostly through oil that comes from the south. Well, you blame some uninformed southerners who shout at any point that creating new states is economic waste.

  2. It is really an exercise in futility because at the end of the day the National Assembly Members of the two Chambers would just sit down and agree on what suits them and their political colleagues.
    We need people’s constitution where all ethnic Nationalities would sit down to dialogue and agree on the best political structures among other templates Nigeria should be built upon in order to reflect the wishes and aspirations of us all.
    We must appreciate that Nigeria is multi lingual, religious, cultural, and traditional, hence, such society as ours must be built on equity and justice to guarantee love and peace among the Citizenry.
    Our country must practice real federalism which allows every state or zone to control and utilize its resources for developments and growth of their communities.
    The States or Zones should be paying taxes to the central government to maintain sizable cabinet and not this present system while all governors must go to Abuja every month end to receive allocations which have made some of the Governors lazy and corrupt.

  3. THE ONLY SANE TO DO IS CONVOCATION OF SOVEREIGN NATIONAL CONFERENCE AND SUBJECTING IT TO REFERENDUM. ANYTHING OUT THIS IS JAMBOREE AND A WASTE OF RESOURCES. AMENDING A WRITTEN SCRIPT OF SOKOTO CALIPHATE WILL NOT ACHIEVE ANYTHING RATHER, IT WILL LEAD TO MORE TO NIGERIA.

  4. To speaker Tambuwal, the universal use of referendum is unconstitutional in Nigeria.. this people have taken Nigerians as fools. Its time to fight ourselves free from the northern elements. There is no security and freedom except we unbundle from this lieing elements.. REGIONAL AUTONOMY is the answer..

  5. Nigeria’s Amalgamation Expires In 2014 by queenogech: 9:01am On Sep 25, 2011
    The amalgamation of southern and northern Nigeria by the British was to be experimented for 100 YEARS to know if it’s going to work or not, according to the secret government document the British left after independence. Although the document is kept secret, this fact is generally known to the ruling class, most dons of political science and law as well as the government of UK. However, there has been consistent efforts by Nigerian government to keep this knowledge out of public as it may lead to agitation for breaking the country into two i.e pre-1914 status especially by those in the south. The awareness of this document and the closeness of 2014 has been causing panic among the Northern elites; this panic was behind the recent comment by the senate president that Nigeria will not break up. It was also behind the warning by NBA president when he said in Benin this week that Nigeria may break-up. Even pres. Jonathan is nervous about this fact; remember that he kept on saying that Nigeria will not break-up. Also,it was the real reason behind the northern governors recent security meeting in Kaduna, according to some sources. All these sudden talks about nigeria breaking or not breaking up by the political leaders including the president show how anxious they are about the implications of the document and the closeness of almighty 2014. On the international scene, the knowledge of this document was behind the prediction by American diplomats that Nigeria will break-up in 2015. The US army is also preparing on how to respond to the possible break up of Nigeria.
    IMPLICATIONS OF THE DOCUMENT
    1. BY 2014, NIGERIA WILL NO LONGER LEGALLY EXIST
    2. NIGERIA WILL BE BACK TO PRE-1914 STATUS OF TWO STATES OF SOUTHERN NIGERIA AND NORTHERN NIGERIA BOTH LEGALLY AND TECHNICALLY, ALTHOUGH THE RULING ELITES MAY IGNORE THIS REALITY EXCEPT THERE IS REVOLUTION FROM THE PEOPLE.
    3. PEOPLE OF SOUTHERN AND NORTHER NIGERIA MUST COME TOGETHER TO ENTER A NEW AGREEMENT UNDER THEIR OWN TERMS.
    4. JOIN THE REVOLUTION, SHARE THIS ON FACEBOOK.

    • @Jagger u did a good analysis but wot i doubt is ur source of information have u worked for mi6 or cia how come u got this information however the state of negligece of duty by d political class in nigeria is so alarming dt if a break up will solve our problem let it be

  6. All the public forum led by the thieving NASS members is just another wild goose chase as no public request will reflect in the recommendations to be submitted to the constitution review committee. What a shameful act of self deceit.

  7. Give the short-changed southeast a sixth state from Anambra and Imo states, most merited, Njaba state, before talk of creating new states elsewhere.

  8. pls let us stop disturbing ourselves for the jamboree of the national assembly. the speaker and his house of reps (raping the national fund) and the senators (who are seating on our progress and development) should first help nigeria by receiving moderating salaries so that the country can invest in education and other sectors before they can come out and tell us how good they have the interest of nigerians at heart. nonsense leaders in nonsense country

  9. Dr. Talmiz Usman on

    Assuming the constitutional amendments is in the right course, one important issue that should be addressed is the cost of governance. There is the need to convert parliamentary membership to part-time. Senators, members of house of representatives & states houses of assemblies should be part-time members like in most developed countries. This will significantly reduce the cost of governance.

  10. If realy the house are working in best intrest of nigerians, why not, they will not approve national confrence, whitch all nigeria are clamoring for. And sun news claiming voice the nation, ought to conduct something like vote on issues like this to know what the people want and publish it, so all this comment will not be vain
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  11. The South -East Need a New state before any other consideration on State creation anywhere else. Ndi-Igbo must be careful about selfishness or self interest. what we need is a State in Igbo land no matter where. Njaba, Adada, Equity Utonkom State is of no important.
    let it not be like attitude of Ndigbo towards presidential race

  12. NWANKWO HYGINUS on

    IMO,ABIA ENUGU NEEDS MORE STATES,COUPLED WITH RIVERS,A/IBOM, CROSS/RIVER,DELTA AND EDO. WE DONT NEED A PROPHET TO PREDICT ABOUT THIS.

  13. I am only happy that the top secret about the amalgamation is now in the open. We must do away with this british contraption, we must go our seperate ways. Light and darkness have nothing in common.
    The north should join their brothers in pak-kill-stan (pakistan) and Afgha-kill-stan( Afghanistan)
    If they like let them write new constution that is their own cup of tea. Nigeria will cease to exist soon.

  14. I won’t join any opinion with all these animals call Ibos for their ethnic interest where they find themselves. What brougt about sentiment issue for review of constitution of Fed republic of nigeria and after all the chairman of the constitution review is deputy senate which is IBO man.
    More ever, the criteria for creation of state is based on the population density not geographical consideration.

  15. Ozobugha B.Udoka on

    LET IT BE MADE KNOWN TO THE NORTHERNERS,THAT THE STATUS QUO CAN NEVER REMAIN SAME FOR IT HAS ONLY BEEN FAVOURABLE TO THEM. ONLY WHAT WILL SOLVE ALL THESE PROBLEM IS NOTHING BUT TRUE FEDERALISM.

  16. Ozobugha B.Udoka on

    HARUNA SAKO OR WHAT DO YOU CALL YOUR STUPID SELF, YOU ARE NOTHING BUT A BIG FOOL FOR REFERING TO IGBOS AS ANIMALS. TAKE A LOOK AT YOUR WRITE UP AND ONE WILL SEE THE CLASS YOU ARE MADE OFF, YOU CANT EVEN CONSTRUCT A GOOD GRAMMAR, I KNOW YOU MUST BE A PRODUCT OF ONE OF THOSE ADVANCED SECONDARY SCHOOLS IN THE NORTH, WHERE YOUR TYPE GO TO PURCHASE CERTIFICATES SO THAT YOU CAN COME AND EQUATE YOUR STUPID SELF WITH PEOPLE FROM THE SOUTH ALL IN THE NAME OF BEING EDUCATED.PLS STOP JOINING ISSUES HERE FOR THIS IS NOT THE CLASS YOU BELONG TO

  17. This purported constitution amendment should be better termed ‘NASS on jamboree’ let SNC be convened, meanwhile what is the take of uwazurike? Becose yoruba counterpart had spoken. Freedom must come to all nation.

  18. sir nwendu ezike base in china on

    stupid haruna pls go and check the first census in nigeria and tell me which region is second after the north.you want igbos not to ask for more state?beacuse u nothern do count cows and camels as human being,u thought it will be like that for ever.today one region which is northern is having 19 state while the rest 3 region is having 17,beacuse ur brothers who are militry then use that to sideline every region.u thought is will continue to be buisness as ususal

  19. Rubbish, we need our freedom from Nigeria, God is saying let my people who are called by my name southerns go. we don’t believe again in British and Mallam Sokoto’s Constitution again. we need our independent.

  20. BRO. CHRIS NKEM on

    HARUNA SAKO, YOU SEE HOW YOU MADE MORE FOOLISH OF YOURSELF BY CALLING IGBOS FOOLS WHEN THE CONTRIBUTIONS WAS NOT ONLY IGBOS AFFAIRS. I DON’T BLAME YOU DUE TO YOUR UNCIRCUMSED THAT LED TO YOUR UNCIVILIZED COMMENTS. MARK IT, NOBODY THAT INVOLVED IN THE MALTREATMENT OF THE IGBOS WILL GO FREE. TAKE A LOOK FROM THE RECENT HAPPENING THAT HE THAT KILLED BY GUN WILL EQUALLY BE KILLED BY GUN, ONE OF YOUR GENERALS THAT KILLED INNOCENT CIVILIAN IGBOS DURING THE CIVIL WAR WAS MURDERED BY THE SAME GUN MEN. GOD IS NOT A FOOLISH NAMA (MALU) LIKE YOU. IT TIME FOR MANY OF YOU IN THIS GROUP TO REPENT.

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