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Nigerian Constitution must not be Voluminous but must be Inclusive- Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu has again called on the Constitution Review Panel to overhaul the 1999 Constitution.

The Ondo State Governor was speaking at the 67th Anniversary and Annual Reunion of the Loyola College Ibadan Old Boys Association (LOCOBA), when he made these comments.

He noted that the Constitution must be fixed to capture the needs and yearnings of the different ethnicities in Nigeria.

Akeredolu who is also an Old Boy Loyola College delivered a speech as the keynote speaker titled, “Redesigning The Nigerian Constitution For National Development And Inclusiveness.”

“Democracy operates, presumably, on the principles of freedom to choose representative leadership, reflective of political alignments as dictated by current exigencies, a group’s exercise of considerable control on socio-economic activities and preservation of its identity as a component unit within a broader political entity.

“It is permissive, on a liberal scale, of the rights of individual citizens. It also imposes duties and places checks on propensities towards licentiousness. The Constitution of a country is the basic law. The aspirations, anxieties and expectations of a political entity must be well captured in the document.”

“All other laws must flow from this legal fount. It is not important for a constitution to be voluminous. It should be concise and written in a simple but elegant prose. It should leave no section of the country, for which it is designed, in doubt as regards inclusivity. All component units must participate as equal partners,” he said.

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