Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), has said a change of the 1999 Constitution will not guarantee a perfect country.
Asgbakoba said this at the inaugural #FixPoliticsDialogues, a platform that convenes debates on national issues.
“The 1999 Constitution, Changing or Amending?” is the focus of the event.This event was organized by FixPolitics, a nonprofit organization.
Lawyers on the front lines said that the constitution not followed despite its imperfections.
A new constitution requires strategic engagement, he said.
“To change the constitution outside the legal framework will be considered a revolution.”.
We should not assume that just because we strive for a perfect constitution, everything is okay when we flip a switch.
“At the moment, the constitution, imperfect as it may be, is not followed. Does that mean that the constitution we envisage will be obeyed? We should reflect carefully on the answer to this question.
“One of the problems we face today is the process. Nigerians cannot claim ownership of the constitution since the process is flawed. If there’s a way to reverse that problem by overhauling the constitution and bringing in a new one, that would be ideal.”