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Nige­ria fight­ing for sur­vival — Gba­jabi­amila

- By Balarabe Alka­s­sim Nigeria Politics · Nigeria News · U.S. News · Politics · African Politics · Nigeria · Congress of the United States · Abuja · Yemi Osinbajo · Femi Gbaja Biamila · Boss Mustapha

The speaker of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives, Femi Gba­jabi­amila, says Nige­ria is in a fight for sur­vival and the con­tin­u­a­tion of the Nige­rian project.

He said this in Abuja yes­ter­day at the in­au­gu­ra­tion of the Spe­cial Com­mit­tee on the Re­view of the Con­sti­tu­tion of the Fed­eral Repub­lic of Nige­ria 1999.

He said re­cent global de­vel­op­ments had ex­posed all Nige­ria’s sys­temic weak­nesses.

“The re­al­ity of our cur­rent cir­cum­stances, and the now cer­tain knowl­edge that only us can save our­selves im­poses on us an obli­ga­tion to act with greater de­ter­mi­na­tion and all the ur­gency this mo­ment calls for,” he said.

“Ev­ery elec­tion

sea­son ex­poses sig­nif­i­cant gaps in the process that if left un­ad­dressed, threaten our democ­racy. Elec­toral re­forms are not a party-po­lit­i­cal is­sue, they’re a mat­ter of loy­alty to an ideal greater than the party to which one be­longs to, or the per­sonal am­bi­tions we may each hold.

“Elec­toral re­forms are a mat­ter of our na­tion’s fu­ture, and the process of set­ting out sys­tems and pro­to­cols for manag­ing how we choose our lead­ers and rep­re­sen­ta­tives be­gins with the Con­sti­tu­tion. We must keep this in mind as we be­gin this process.”

The Vice Pres­i­dent Yemi Os­in­bajo said con­sti­tu­tion amend­ment is a wider re­spon­si­bil­ity, not an ex­clu­sive pre­serve of the leg­is­la­ture “as the ex­ec­u­tive, the na­tional and state lev­els also play an in­dis­pens­able role in the process,” he said.

Os­in­bajo, rep­re­sented by the Sec­re­tary to the Gov­ern­ment of the Fed­er­a­tion, Boss Mustapha, urged the com­mit­tee not to dis­coun­te­nance any con­sti­tu­tional al­ter­ation pro­posal, no mat­ter how ide­al­is­tic, but to look at ways to gal­va­nize them to im­prove the econ­omy, cre­ate jobs, guar­an­tee our safety and se­cu­rity and abol­ish cor­rup­tion.

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