Kwankwaso: Constitution Review Not Our Priority

09 Nov 2012

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Alhaji Musa Kwankwaso

Ibrahim Shuaibu

Kano State Governor, Alhaji Musa Kwankwaso, has disclosed that there was nothing noteworthy in the entire process of the constitution review, stating that “It is a hidden agenda in another hidden agenda.”

He alleged that the constitution review that was gaining currency in the nation’s political debate was designed to achieve a pre-planned goal, by the people championing the process.

Kwankwaso who told some selected journalists in an interview, in his office on Wednesday night, said the process should even be handled by people that have Nigeria at heart, not local jingoists that were behaving like statesmen, when they were not. 

He argued that: “It is the nature of the handlers of the review that made people across the country calling for many things that are unnecessary. You see people calling for a state creation, but failing to bring with the idea the criteria for doing that. We are not in military regime. So let us have criteria for state creation.”

The governor stressed that constitution review was just like taking from point A to point Z and when asked on some of the issues raised by the constitution review committee.

On the immunity clause removal, Kwankwaso said he did not support the idea of removing the clause, while cautioning that when such a clause is removed, some retrogressive people would want to divert the attention of the elected governors.

“Some elected people could hide under the distraction and say that was what made them not to perform,” he observed.

The governor restated that the issue of state police could be used to suppress and humiliate political opponents, while citing an example with the former governor of the state, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, whom he claimed was captaining the ship, but did all he could to nail him at all cost.

He said: “But he couldn’t succeed. Had it been he had police at his disposal he would have inflicted harm on me.”

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