We’re not here to rubbish con­sti­tu­tion - Jib­ril Aminu

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

For­mer Petroleum Min­is­ter Pro­fes­sor Jib­ril Aminu has said the Na­tional Con­fer­ence was not con­vened to rubbish the na­tion’s con­sti­tu­tion.

Aminu spoke yes­ter­day at the ple­nary ses­sion when del­e­gates were com­ment­ing on Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan’s in­au­gu­ral speech.

He said “our con­sti­tu­tion is very good. There is no need to rubbish it. We can only make it bet­ter.”

Aminu said based on is­sues iden­ti­fied by the pres­i­dent for dis­cus­sion, he hoped the Na­tional Con­fer­ence would be the last of such con­fer­ences be­cause it would help strengthen the con­sti­tu­tion and make it bet­ter.

“I hope this con­fer­ence would be the last. I hope also that people who have ac­cu­mu­lated venom would not start call­ing for an­other con­fer­ence to come and re­lease it,” the for­mer se­na­tor said.

He said he ob­served a neg­a­tive sce­nario “where some people have come here say­ing all sorts of polemics and poorly-con­ceived in­nu­en­does against some other re­gions.”

While some del­e­gates ham­mered on the is­sue of draft­ing a new con­sti­tu­tion for the coun­try, oth­ers said the con­fer­ence lacked any le­gal back­ing to em­bark on such an en­ter­prise.

For­mer Akwa Ibom State Gover­nor Vic­tor At­tah, in his con­tri­bu­tion, said Jonathan’s speech clearly iden­ti­fied the prob­lems with Nigeria and the chal­lenges be­fore the con­fer­ence not only in dis­cussing the prob­lems but in prof­fer­ing so­lu­tions.

He said for so long, Nige­ri­ans have im­pris­oned them­selves in the north-south di­vide ex­plain­ing that these dif­fer­ences and dis­par­i­ties have al­ways been there, adding: “we may not be able to re­move them, but we can make them ir­rel­e­vant and in­ef­fec­tive.”

Also, Olu­sola Akan­mode urged the con­fer­ence to make sug­ges­tions for in­clu­sion in the con­sti­tu­tion re­gard­ing the need for time­line on sub­mis­sion of bud­gets by the ex­ec­u­tive and pas­sage by the law­mak­ers at all lev­els of gov­er­nance.

PHOTO: IKECHUKWU IBE

Emir of Il­lorin, Ibrahim Sulu Gam­bari (left) with the Gbong Gwom Jos, Ja­cob Buba, dur­ing the Na­tional Con­fer­ence yes­ter­day in Abuja.

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