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Nigerians did not consent to 1999 Constitution, it was imposed – Southsouth group

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A Socio-cultural group within the Southsouth, Ikwerre Peoples Congress has known as for a complete scrap of the 1999 Structure of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, saying, the doc doesn’t have the peoples consent.

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The group additionally argued that the Nationwide Meeting which is at present conducting public hearings throughout the six geopolitical zones of the nation lacked powers to draft a Structure on behalf of the folks.

The place of the group was made identified in a memorandum submitted to the Structure Assessment Committee, sitting in Port-Harcourt on Thursday and obtained by DAILY POST.

The group claimed the 1999 Structure was initially a army decree.

“Whereas the Ikwerre nation views the 1999 Structure as not actually representing the stake, curiosity and consent of the indigenous peoples of Nigeria as represented by the assorted ethnic teams, it’s our name that this Structure is scrapped realizing that it’s a army doc often called Decree 24 of 1999.

“We imagine that sovereignty belongs to the folks and so this sovereign proper of the folks must be totally exercised as supplied for within the disputed 1999 Structure to allow the indigenous landowning ethnic nationalities to voluntarily agree and provide you with a very peoples Structure for a brand new Nigeria.

The group which is an Ikwerre ethnic talking tribe within the Southsouth area opined that the evaluate will permit the federal government to do the suitable issues, therefore, the current Structure must be scrapped to provide method for a people-oriented one.

“This can assist arrest the rising rigidity and battle throughout the assorted areas which at present threatens the unity of Nigeria.

The IPC was of the view that the Nationwide Meeting shouldn’t parade themselves as having the ability to place collectively a Structure for the folks, as their legislative mandate doesn’t prolong to creating a Structure, stressing that the folks themselves ought to make the legal guidelines detailing what they need for themselves.

The doc which was signed by the Chairman of the group, Mr. Livingstone Wechie additional pointed that the ability to make and amend the Structure solely lies with the folks.

“Energy to make or remake the Structure is called constituent powers and vests solely within the constituent peoples of Nigeria as an incident of their sovereignty.

“In actual fact the authors of the 1999 Structure acknowledged this common truism in S.14(2)(a) of the identical 1999 Structure which states that sovereignty belongs to the folks from whom, authorities, by means of this Structure, derives all its powers and authority”.

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