It’s best to thrash the 1999 Constitution and start all over again, that was the message from the serving overseer of the Citadel Global
Community Church, Tunde Bakare to President Muhammadu Buhari at the weekend.
Bakare, who was former running mate to Buhari in the 2011 Presidential elections also described the constitution as a “glorified death certificate.”
The 1999 constitution was bequeathed to Nigeria by the departing military regime of General Abdulsalami Abubakar shortly before the
handover to the democratically elected administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.
The constitution has also undergone some constitutional changes and it is currently in the process of another amendment from the National
Bakare said the constitution must be replaced if the country is to make any meaningful progress.
“I am persuaded, as are many fellow compatriots within and outside the shores of Nigeria, that the 1999 constitution, whether as amended or to be further amended by the national assembly, is nothing more than a glorified death certificate,” Bakare told his parishioners.
He told Buhari: “Let us borrow a leaf from recent world history. Once upon a time, the Berlin wall separated eastern Germany from
western Germany, until president Ronald Reagan, in his indomitable manner, spoke lucidly on live television to the president of the then
Soviet Union. He said, ‘Mr Gorbachev, tear down this wall’. Mr. Gorbachev eventually did and Germany is better off for it today.
“In the same spirit, I say to President Muhammadu Buhari, ‘Stop passing the ball to the national assembly. Tear down this inhibiting
concoction of a constitution; tear it down so that we can build a truly great nation. This is one enduring legacy your administration
can still secure before your time in power draws to a close. If you do, present and unborn generations of Nigerians will remember you for
it and write your name in gold when the history of this period is written. If you don’t, history will record that you failed to rise to
the occasion and you squandered a great opportunity.’
“Those clamouring for and waiting for genuine change to happen through the upcoming 2023 presidential election, without first insisting that
our imposed sham of a constitution must be torn and discarded, are merely putting the cart before the horse. This is nothing but a prescription for retrogression.”