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I’ll Abide By Nigerians’ Decision On Constitution Review – Jonathan

I’ll Abide By Nigerians’ Decision On Constitution Review – Jonathan

President Goodluck Jonathan has said he will abide by Nigerians’ decision on the review of the constitution.

Jonathan said he would not alter their decision if they chose to amend any portion of the constitution through popular method.

The President spoke on Tuesday at an event organised to mark the 80th birthday of a former Vice-President, Dr. Alex Ekwueme, in Abuja.

Jonathan, who was represented by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim, however, called on Nigerians not live with one another with distrust.

He said, “The President has no intention to overturn the decision of Nigerians on constitution review; he will abide by their decision.

“The President will however want Nigerians to live together with trust because distrust will not lead us anywhere.

“What will strengthen the federation called Nigeria is to have hope in our nation and be patriotic, which is the tonic that drives any nation.”

Meanwhile, eminent Nigerians on the occasion disagreed on the aspect of the constitution to be reviewed, especially whether there was need to have the six-geo political zones.

While some insisted that there was need to have it in the constitution, others disagreed.

Ekwueme was the proponent of the six geo-political zones at the 1995 National Constitutional Conference, where he was a delegate.

The Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babatunde Fashola (SAN), set the tone for the discussion, when he asked how the geo-political zones would be funded if it was enshrined into the constitution.

He also wanted to know if that would not mean a gradual return to regional government or even result in the dismemberment of the nation.

Rather than blame the constitution, the governor said its operators should be held responsible for its bad implementation, adding that there was nothing wrong with agreements but those who made the agreements.

The Governor of Anambra State, Mr. Peter Obi, said since the agreement (constitution) was faulty, it should be rectified.

The agreement, he said, must favour all, adding that there was no way all the parties would be when the agreement did not favour them.

He said there was no way some zones would have between seven and six states whereas one would have five states and there would be justice.

However, the Governor Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano State, who was represented by his deputy, Alhaji Abdullahi Umar, said political zones should be scrapped.

He said there was no need for it, insisting that those asking for it did not take the issue of land mass and population into consideration.

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