Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, has called on members of the National Assembly to embrace the 1960 Constitution as a way forward for Nigeria.
Akande urged lawmakers to reject the 1999 Constitution, crafted by military leaders, and emphasized that the restructuring of the country could be achieved by discarding this constitution.
Speaking ahead of his 85th birthday ceremony, the ex-governor of Osun State asserted that the 1999 constitution lacks a proper authorship, urging the National Assembly to reconsider its stance on it.
Akande said, “I will prefer the 1960 constitution for Nigeria, it is the best! For example, in the 1960 constitution, if you are a member of the national and state assembly, you are a part time, you go to your work, politics wasn’t work then.
“Farmers go to the farm, lawyers go to their chambers, doctors go to their hospitals… and when it is time for a meeting they go to a meeting and they pay them a sitting allowance, everybody knows that they are doing it in the interest of the public.”
“The military, because they wanted to stay permanently in power, they started using money to pay them (assembly) salary and everybody left their job to become a politician,” he stated.
“You leave your job where you all belong, then you become a politician, you have nothing to do, nothing to produce, then you want to be materialistic. You become fake because you have departed from good things to bad.
He warned that, “Until you retrace your steps back, you can’t have it well. If you are talking about restructuring, you don’t need much, throw away this present constitution which is not written by anybody and embrace 1960 constitution, look at present day realities to adjust it.”
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