A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) , Mike Ozekhome on Thursday declared that Nigeria as a nation could be divided if nothing was done to change the current situation of things.
Ozekhome said this on Thursday in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, during the Ladi Adebutu Good Governance Symposium held at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library.
The legal practitioner, who was the Guest Speaker at the occasion, said “it is a lie to say Nigeria is indivisible.”
He noted that Nigeria required a new constitution and renegotiation of its existence through a referendum, if the country must progress.
The legal practitioner explained that Nigeria currently operates under a “suffocative system”, owing to the 1999 constitution (as amended) which he branded ” false document from the pit of hell.”
The symposium with the theme “Local Government Autonomy: A panacea for national development,” was organised in honour of former Governorship aspirant, Hon Oladipupo Adebutu.
“I agree that Nigeria should stay together as one country. But, please, if we must be together as one country, we must re-negotiate the terms. It must be under agreed terms. That’s where a constituents of peoples assembly comes up.
“And for those people who are afraid. The National Assembly members are afraid. They want to amend. Can you amend a bad document? A child of illegitimacy and bastardly Decree 24. Even if you give it one million amendments, it cannot solve our problems.
“Rather, let them (National Assembly) use section 4 of the constitution which says “The National Assembly shall have powers to make laws for the peace, order and good government in Nigeria and there any part thereof.”
“Do you have peace, order and good government in Nigeria today? So, they can therefore make a law using section 4, promulgating constituents of the people. That same law provides a referendum.
“The National Assembly is saying it cannot give a new constitution. It can facilitate and midwife under section 4, the process that gives people a new constitution subject to a referendum. That’s my position and that is what will make Nigeria work.”
Earlier, a renowned political scientist and media scholar, Prof Ayo Olukotun blamed lack of the autonomy of councils on what he called “feeding bottle governance and distributive democracy.”
He asked proponents of LG autonomy to be committed and resilient, saying it would take a long time battle to achieve the goal.
In his welcome address, Adebutu accused President Muhammadu Buhari of paying lip services to the implementation of the LG autonomy.
The former House of Representatives member added that Nigerians must collectively tackle malgovernance at the grassroots if the country must get it right.