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Nigeria’s Problem Is Our Constitution – Afe Babalola

Muhammadu Buhari

Muhammadu Buhari

Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Afe Babalola has come out to say that a new constitution is needed in Nigeria to stop the recycling of failed leaders.

He recently revealed this while speaking as the special guest of honour at the Fifth Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Summer Institute Programme.

According to him, the problem with our nation is the 1999 constitution that was forced on us by the military when it wanted to exit the reigns of governance, and something must be done about it.

He added that the military only suspended the 1963 constitution when it seized power on January 15, 1996, and didn’t abolish it, so we should act fast.

His words, “It is my considered view that a new constitution must be in place before the next election, otherwise, we will be recycling the same failed leaders that have brought Nigeria to where it is today.”

“I have said it over and over again that the problem with Nigeria is the 1999 Constitution foisted on us by the military when it wanted to exit the reigns of governance in 1999, instead of reverting to the 1963 constitution which Nigeria’s founding fathers bequeathed to us.”

“After all, the military merely suspended the 1963 constitution when it seized power on January 15, 1996, it did not abolish it.”

“The proposed constitution will discourage politics from being the most lucrative business in Nigeria; the constitution must make provision for independent candidates to contest and win elections.”

“The constitution must prevent transactional businessmen from contesting elections.”

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Muhammadu Buhari GCFR (born 17 December 1942) is a Nigerian politician currently serving as the President of Nigeria, in office since 2015. He is a retired major general in the Nigerian Army and previously served as the nation’s head of state from 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985, after taking power in a military coup d’état. The term Buharism is ascribed to the Buhari military government.

He unsuccessfully ran for the office of president of Nigeria in the 2003, 2007, and 2011 general elections. In December 2014, he emerged as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress for the March 2015 general elections. Buhari won the election, defeating the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan. This marked the first time in the history of Nigeria that an incumbent president lost to an opposition candidate in a general election. He was sworn in on 29 May 2015. In February 2019, Buhari was re-elected President, defeating his closest rival Atiku Abubakar by over 3 million votes.

Buhari has stated that he takes responsibility for anything over which he presided during his military rule, and that he cannot change the past. He has described himself as a “converted democrat”.

Muhammadu Buhari was born to a Fulani family on 17 December 1942, in Daura, Katsina State, to his father Hardo Adamu, a Fulani chief, and mother Zulaihat. He is the twenty-third child of his father. Buhari was raised by his mother, after his father died when he was about four years old.

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