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Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukoh

National Assembly can’t bring about change Nigerians want; Restructuring, not power devolution, is needed – Ugochukwu-Uko

Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Ukoh

Secretary, Eastern Consultative Assembly, Evangelist Elliot Ugochukwu-Uko, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari has, by his 57th Independence Anniversary broadcast, “missed a golden opportunity to constitute an eminent citizens council that would drive the constituent assembly that will save Nigeria.”

In a statement, Ugochukwu-Uko said that the President’s position that the changes needed can only be achieved through the National Assembly was faulty, as according to him the National Assembly is the creation of “a discredited military constitution.”

He stressed that “those currently advising President Buhari to hold onto the status quo will soon realize that it is impossible to save this unworkable unitary structure through constitutional amendments.”

He said that the President has “clearly misread the resolve of the younger generation to change their lot, in Nigeria through any means necessary,” noting that “the obstinacy of those scared of the inevitable new people’s constitution, regional autonomy and true fiscal federalism gave birth to the agitation for secession, this same obstinacy will ultimately destroy Nigeria.”

In another statement, Ugochukwu-Uko, lashed out at Southern politicians who he said have entered into a secret agreement with opponents of restructuring and are trying to sell a perverted version of it “code-named power devolution.”

He said that “this watered down version of restructuring, which hopes to retain the 774 LGAs, and the 36 states structure, is provocative and designed to insult the sensibilities of Nigerians,” insisting that it will not work.

He stressed that “the restructuring Nigerian needs and the kind that can save Nigeria, is simply going back to the first republic format of regional governments as federating units under fiscal federalism of derivation formula of the 1960/1963 constitution.

“A consensual agreement of a form of government by a constituent assembly representing ethnic nationalities of Nigeria, that would design a new people’s constitution that will be affirmed at a referendum.

“That is the only way to save Nigeria now. Tinkering with the oppressive military constitution of 1999 in any form of amendments will not solve the problem. Nigerians have lost faith completely in the unitary constitution of 1999. Only a new constitution will restore hope in Nigeria.

“Only a total over hauling of the polity through a genuine restructuring can restore faith in Nigeria,” he said.

 

 

 


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