By Umar Yusuf
YOLA – Nigerians have been told to do away with selfishness and unnecessary regional sentiments in order to realize the noble objectives the 1999 Constitution, as there was nothing wrong with the Constitution.
Senator Abubakar Halilu Girei, who made the appeal in Yola at the weekend, while reacting to calls from certain quarters for a regional constitution said the 1999 constitution was been made to look inadequate because, the Nigerian politicians have not adopted the right attitude and spirit, envisaged by the drafters of the document.
He stated that the perception that 1999 Constitution was deficient is actually a reflection of the virulent indiscipline in the society, as the Constitution has not been fully put to test for a reasonable period of time, for any group to term it unworkable.
Senator Girei, who is currently the monitor General of course 35, at the Nigerian Institute of Policy and strategy studies, Kuru Plateau State, said it was condemnable for some retired Generals to group themselves into nebulous organisation called â€œChange Nigeriaâ€, stressing that the groupâ€™s statement was inciting and nothing short of a coup detat against the constitution currently operating in the country.
Describing as unfortunate and shocking that persons like General ALani AkinrinadeÂ and Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu, who had in the past fought the civil war to keep Nigeria united, could now be involved in nefarious moves aimed at destroying the country without exhausting all constitutional means to influence the change, they desired.
He said the sovereign National Conference and other true federalism Sloganeering was not only sabotage but a potentÂ danger to National Security of the country, as such statements was capable of encouraging intransigent militants, who were now on the verge of negotiating a peaceful end to the Niger â€“ Delta Crisis with the federal government.
Girei, said Nigerian Political Leaders should eschewed differences that was capable of drawing us back to the era of regional and ethnic empires as most Nigerians are resolved and marching towards being the 20th largest Economy in the world by the year 2020