President Goodluck Jonathan said the National Assembly must carry the generality of Nigerians along in the ongoing Constitution amendment process.
Speaking yesterday at a presidential retreat for Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and professional associations, the president said the exercise cannot be complete until the voices of all Nigerians is heard.
He said "the collective aspiration towards the people's Constitution must be realised in our time. In a democracy, sovereignty lies with the people and it is the people that can create the Constitution that governs their daily existence. My confidence in Nigeria is total." Jonathan said rather than concentrate on issues that divide the country, "I will vigorously champion those ideas that will make us stronger, more caring and more united as a nation under the Almighty God. I am confident that I can count on our partnership in the process as we look forward to a better tomorrow."
He said the CSOs were not invited to the retreat for political settlement but due to their closeness to the people. On his part, Chairman Senate committee on review of the Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu expressed worry over claims that the call for fiscal federalism would impoverish some parts of the country.
"Besides the fact that fiscal federalism was proposed by memoranda submitted by Nigerians, it is also an inalienable feature of federalism."