Foundation, Defective Constitution – Pa Ayo Opadokun – The Sun Nigeria
By Henri Uche
As Nigeria marks its 61st political independence, old statesman Pa Ayo Opadokun questioned the essence of the celebration when the masses languish in abject poverty due to poor administration and poor administration. mismanagement of resources at all levels of government.
In a monitored interview today, the older statesman argued that the foundation on which Nigeria was built by Britain was flawed and was made worse by the 1999 constitution which he called of fraudulent.
According to him, Nigeria has no reason to rejoice as the clues and economic realities leave no one happy except those who feast on the debilitating status quo and those who derive joy from the pain of others.
He added that for Nigeria to move forward, it must return to true federal constitutional governance. “First, there is nothing exciting about the president’s speech. He only spoke about things that interest him, while Nigerians are suffocating.
“Nigeria was not created by God. The British have deliberately distorted the terrible framework that we see as Nigeria. Great Britain has just reproduced in Nigeria what it did in the United Kingdom. Before leaving, they donated over 60% of the land mass to a particular part of the country. They also designated a certain group of people through whom they still rule.
“For the 1999 constitution, citizens were never allowed to decide whether they wanted to be one Nigeria or not. The constitution says “We the people…”, but we know that Nigerians have never met nor had an agreement.
Former National Secretary of the National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) argued there was a negotiated Nigeria but was abandoned by the military, stressing that there was a legitimate constitution before Nigeria got it. independence in 1960.
“The 1999 constitution remains a fake. We need to get back to true federalism. We have lied to international communities that we practice federalism when we are not and they know we are not. Now the ethnic nationalities must come together to renegotiate Nigeria ”,
He added that Nigeria could remain underdeveloped if federal government policies remain unbalanced. “How can the president close the Benin border and open the Niger border and others?” If I am to advise Buhari, I want him to listen to the reasonable voices of Nigeria.
“But don’t accept it, the current situation neither works nor lasts, we practice a unitary system of government. Nigeria has a distorted and unbalanced national structure. The proof is there, they control the military to the point that ‘they can overturn an election that someone else wins in other areas and no one will do anything about it.
“Unfortunately, any effort to correct the anomalies in Nigeria is called hate speech. One particular section would tell you that they would detect who is ruling Nigeria at all times because they claim the country is theirs. It is time for Nigeria to stand up and take its destiny into its own hands. It’s time to be frank. Britain and its imperialists have used their weapon power and forced us to cohabit and today we are suffocating.
“In any decent society, leaders must accept reality. What happened in the Sunday Igboho house cannot happen in a sane society. Self-determination has become the anthem of this millennium. Whether this government likes it or not, no matter how you oppress the agitators, it will continue because people naturally have to resist oppression and afflictions, ”he added.