Former Deputy President of the Nigerian Senate, and Chairman of the South East Constitution Review Committee, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has said amendment of the Nigerian Constitution is the only way out of anarchy.
The Senator representing Enugu West Senatorial Zone revealed this while speaking to newsmen at the Enugu Centre of the South East Zonal public hearing on the proposed alteration to the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999.
He also noted that amendment of Constitutions have been done in some countries with similar challenges Nigeria is faced with today.
“We have seen countries with similar challenges, countries like Kenya, Brazil, and others; what they did was to amend the original Constitution to make a provision on how that Constitution can be amended. We did it the last time and it wasn’t assented to,” he said.
He added that the relevant sections of the Constitution has to be amended to accommodate burning issues in the country.
“We have to amend this Constitution to reflect even how to bring a befitting Constitution. All these has to be spelt out in the amendment, whether we’re doing it today or tomorrow.”
He, therefore, called on Nigerians to take advantage of the public hearing exercise to kick start the process so that at the appropriate time when the relevant sections of the constitution has been amended, Nigerians can have a conversation on having a befitting Constitution.
The Chairman of the Senate Committee on Review of the 1999 Constitution, Ovie Omo-Agege, on Monday said the report of the committee on the ongoing public hearing will be presented to the National Assembly in July.