Governor Rauf Aregbesola
By Yinka Kolawole
Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State at the weekend declared that the 1999 Constitution was a fraudulent document imposed on the country by the military.
The governor who spoke at a public sitting organised by a member of the House of Representatives representing Osogbo/Orolu/Irepodun federal constituency of the state for the review of the 1999 Constitution, said the constitution was the making of the military and should henceforth be discountenanced for the country to progress.
He stressed that the 1963 constitution was the only constitution that could be considered a veritable constitution which caters for all cadres of Nigeria irrespective of gender or ethnic affiliation.
Aregbesola who vehemently decried the present constitution, called for its complete overhauling, stressing that the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) government would condemn the constitution and make better one if the party has the opportunity to control the Federal Government.
According to him, “the 1999 Constitution is not only fraudulent; it is also useless because it does not represent the interests of the masses of this country. It should therefore be discarded and the process for a new and better constitution should begin.”
While condemning the long rule of the military in the country, Aregbesola reaffirmed that the military contributed to the woes of the country, saying it should not be allowed to rule in any sane society that wants development.
The governor, who made case for a parliamentary system of government, faulted the presidential system which the country currently practices, describing it as an expensive system of government.
He, however, advocated for state police in Nigeria, just as he called for the return of regional system of government, noting that the creation of states in the country brought about under development and backwardness.