National Dialogue: Sagay Faults Jonathan Over Decision To Subject Outcome To NASS Ratification

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Constitutional lawyer, Professor Itse Sagay (SAN) has flayed the decision by President Goodluck Jonathan to forward the outcome of the National Conference to the National Assembly for ratification.

According to Prof. Sagay, any plan to send the report to the lawmakers will amount to insincerity or ignorance.

The constitution law expert made this known in a recent interview.

He said: “We’re talking of a conference, which will result in a new Constitution, which will then be approved by plebiscite, by referendum, so that it becomes a Constitution made by Nigerian people.

“What we’re saying is that this cannot be a proposal for the amendment of the Constitution. So, in my view, either the President doesn’t understand what he is doing by convoking a conference, or he’s deliberately putting poison into the process to kill it from the beginning.

“To say you’re taking it to the National Assembly, which doesn’t have the capacity or the jurisdiction or the authority to make a new Constitution, is to say you want to kill it. The House has a vested interested in the status quo.”

Prof. Sagay disagreed with the lawmakers handling the report because in his words, “They’re the people who are going to try and amend and mutilate and destroy anything that people would have taken all the trouble to make”.

He further argued that since 1999 the National Assembly had not achieved any significant progress in the process of amending constitution except to promote their self interests which he described as “meaningless and useless”.

“What we’re talking about now is wholesale new Constitution, which only the people themselves can make. Any reference to the National Assembly is an attempt to kill the conference before it takes off. So, it’s lack of sincerity or ignorance. It’s one or the other”, he insisted.

-The Nation


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