By ZIKA BOBBY
After an exhaustive deliberation on the state of the nation, an expanded National Working Committee meeting of the National Summit Group (NSG) which met in Lagos on Tuesday to review certain salient issues in the country in pursuit of its established objective of providing a platform for Nigerians to dialogue, concluded that Nigerians need a Peoples Constitution.
The meeting which was attended by delegates from the six geo-political zones, was presided over by its Chairman, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai and Tony Uranta, the Executive Secretary. The group said there is an overriding imperative for Nigerians to dialogue and proffer lasting solutions to the myriads of problems bedeviling the country.
After a review of its activities vis-à-vis current national action, the Summit resolves as follows: “That the primary goal of providing a platform for Nigerians to dialogue in the face of the myriad of challenges facing the country is inevitable.
“That the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria which became operational through the promulgation of Decree 24 of 1999 is overtly defective and structurally comatose is a well known fact. “That while the present efforts of the National Assembly to amend/review the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is commendable, it is clearly expressive of the fact that the 1999 Constitution is structurally defective and cannot be seen as the peoples constitution.
“That there is an overriding imperative for the people of Nigeria to dialogue on the platform of a National Conference to produce a truly “Peoples Constitution” for the unity, security, prosperity, peaceful and continued existence of Nigeria as an indissoluble entity.
“That the National Conference should be seen as joint patriotic efforts of the sovereign people of Nigeria, the executive, the legislature and the judiciary. At the event also were Dr. Arthur Nwankwo, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Engr. Mohammed Babagana Bunu, Alabo Tonye Graham-Douglas, Dr. Frederick Fasehun, Alhaji Isa Ozi Salami and Chief Loretta Aniagolu among others.