Amending the Constitution Amounts to Betrayal of Trust, Says Abayomi

19 Jul 2013

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Tobi Soniyi

An Abuja-based legal practitioner, Dr Tunji Abayomi, Thursday faulted the ongoing process to amend the 1999 constitution, saying no amount of amendment would confer legitimacy on a constitution that was foisted on Nigerians by the military.

In separate letters to the Senate President, David Mark and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Aminu Tambuwal, Abayomi said the constitution sought to be amended was defective ab initio and could not be said to have been made by the people.

He described as a betrayal of trust the attempt by the lawmakers to foist on Nigerians, an amended constitution which was a product of military decree.

He said: "As for the amendment itself one must feel sorry for this nation because of the organic confusion your amendment intends. For example, your strange amendment seeks to allow you to make for Nigerians a brand new Constitution. Haba! Can the National Assembly give the Nigerian people a constitution?

“It is indeed sad that the National Assembly under the resent leadership is always inclined to surface dress national problems at high abnormal cost that grows out largely of selfish desires instead of fundamental sacrifice that will honour today and enhance tomorrow.

"Well, you may do your wish, amend the illegitimate constitution, foist it on the people. But hear my voice, things will not change, the climate will remain harsh, the pain will expand, development will delude Nigeria and if this nation is not careful the hope of our people in her will expire."

He said no matter how long the military decreed constitution was used, it will never became legitimate.

He stated that the military did not have the power to make a constitution and therefore the constitution purportedly made by them was illegal.

He said: "It become once again paramount to write to you that this new attempt to foist on Nigeria, an amended constitution hued out of a dictatorship constitution decreed over the people of Nigeria is a betrayal of trust."

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