20 February 2018

Nigeria: Constitution Review - Saraki Lauds Passage of Amendments By 25 State Assemblies

Abuja — Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has commended 25 state Houses of Assembly for the passage of the 1999 Constitution review amendments, which were passed by the National Assembly in July 2017.

Saraki, in a statement posted on his social media accounts yesterday, expressed excitement at the development.

He added that the passage of the amendments by 25 out of 36 states points to the fact that anything can be achieved as a country.

It also goes to show that politicians from various walks of life and various parties can still come together to get things done, Saraki added.

The statement read in full: "I am excited about the news that 25 out of 36 states have voted on the #ConstitutionReview amendments that the eighth National Assembly passed in 2017.

"In 2015, when we first started the ambitious process to review the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we never could have imagined the level of support and participation that we would get from all of you -- everyday Nigerians, members of the civil society, and political actors across the country.

"This is why the passage of the #ConstitutionReview amendments in 25 states across the country is a pat on the back of legislators at both the federal and state levels -- because it shows that with the right vision and follow-through, we can achieve anything as a country.

"Make no mistake, this is another #PromiseKept by the eighth National Assembly, and it further demonstrates that despite our differences, politicians from various walks of life and various parties can still come together to get things done.

"Moving forward, I cannot wait to receive the #ConstitutionReview documents at the National Assembly, so that we can move forward with the process of getting them assented and cemented in the laws of our great federal republic.

"Now that both the Senate and the House of Representatives have set up a joint committee to review the #ConstitutionReview amendments that did not scale through initially, we are encouraged with the level of collaboration that we have already seen from the state assemblies throughout this process.

"I am very encouraged for the next phase of this process.

"Well done to the members of our state Houses of Assembly," the senate president said.


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