10 November 2012

Nigeria: Constitution Review - NBA Reiterates Call for Referendum

The Ikeja branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) on Friday reiterated the need for the National Assembly to hold a referendum in the review of the 1999 Constitution.

Chairman of the branch, Mr Onyekachi Ubani, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Ikeja that the referendum would give opportunity to majority of Nigerians to have a say in the affairs of the country.

"I totally agree with the national body of the NBA that we should hold a referendum, instead of amending the constitution in a piece-meal approach.

"We have to get this thing right once and for all and a referendum will give everybody the chance to express their views and grievances.

"I believe that a referendum is fundamental. It will lead to the convening of a constituent assembly that will be saddled with the responsibility of writing a new constitution for the country."

According to him, it is the only way that we can get a peoples' constitution that will ensure that Nigeria is on the path to greatness.

Ubani said the NBA as a responsible and patriotic organisation, would participate in the public hearing on the constitution review being organised by the legislators.


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