Popular human rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome has faulted the claim by the deputy senate president, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege that the Senate or the National Assembly lacks the power to birth a new constitution for Nigeria.
Recall that during the course of the week, Omo-Agege stated that the National Assembly only has the power to amend the constitution as guaranteed in section 9 of the constitution.
Reacting to this claim, Ozekhome in an interview with The Nation on Saturday stated that contrary to the impression Senator Omo-Agege tried to create, “the National Assembly, through Section 4 of the 1999 Constitution (As amended) can give Nigerians a new constitution.
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He explained that while Section 9 of the constitution gives the lawmakers power to amend the constitution, Section 4 of the same constitution gives them power to make new laws for peace, order and good government in Nigeria.
Pointing out unrest in the country, Ozekhome stated that it has become necessary to find the root cause of the problems in the country.
He, however, pointed out that Nigerians have traced the root cause of the problems to the fundamental flaws in the 1999 Constitution (as amended), a constitution he said is flawed and imposed on the people by the military.