A Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Wole Olanipekun has said Nigeria’s constitution needs “a total overhaul, a redrafting, a re-crafting and a total replacement, starting from the preamble to the definition schedule” for a new Nigeria.
The legal icon said the #EndSARS protests which rock the country showed that indeed Nigeria needs restructuring but was pessimists on Nigerians keenness.
He said, “to drastically restructure this country, starting from the architectural layout of government and governance as wantonly displayed in the constitution foisted on us by the outgoing military government without any input by Nigerians”.
The former President of the Nigerian Bar Association said this at the 2020 edition of Wole Olanipekun Scholarship Award ceremony in which 67 secondary school students, 73 university undergraduates, three Law school students and a doctoral student will be of benefit held in his hometown, Ikere Ekiti, Ekiti State.
Olanipekun said, “Between now and 2023, we should be able to have a clean, practical, pragmatic and acceptable constitution which can jurisprudentially be described as grundnorm.
“All arms of government have to be completely redefined, resituated and restrategised for a new Nigeria which will bring about ‘unity and faith, peace and progresses.
“To achieve this end, the National Assembly must also come to the reality that we need the application of the doctrine of necessity for them to jettison whatever powers are vested in them by the Section 9 of the constitution, etc. to segmentally amend it according to the whims and caprices to ‘we, the people of Nigeria’”.
He also said Nigerians would be able to “sit down and give ourselves a true, realistic and workable constitution after we might have earnestly put all our cards on the table by expressing all our wishes and aspirations.”
“This does not translate to termination or suspension of any of the governments at federal, state or local government levels; so that no one should be under any misgiving that one is advocating a displacement or any government.”
According to him, the scholarship programme was established to assist students in his hometown, and “has produced 231 graduates out of which 40 are medical doctors, 38 agriculturists, 27 engineers, 37 linguists, 16 political scientists, 25 accountants and 48 law graduates out of which 15 have qualified as lawyers”.
He also explained that the institute of the Wole Olanipekun Foundation has the objective of “providing succour to the society, ameliorating the plight of the underprivileged, bringing relief to the indigent, extending helping hands to the needy and making life easier to the widow and providing assistance to the impoverished”.
Olanipekun said that the foundation would be committed to youth empowerment and development in the community.
He added, “There will be a special programme styled WOF Youth Empowerment Scheme geared towards supporting entrepreneurship development among our teeming youths”.