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There Should Be No Immunity For Our Leaders – CAN

Christians Association of Nigeria

Christians Association of Nigeria

The Christian Association of Nigeria has come out to urge the National Assembly to amend Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution which provides immunity for the President, vice-president, governors and deputy governors.

The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola; and Director, National and Legal Issues, Comfort Chigbue, recently revealed this during a conference on the review of the 1999 constitution in Abuja.

According to CAN, these political leaders should not be prevented from facing prosecution while in office because that only delays justice.

The group added that the National Assembly should also maintain the secularity of Nigeria, and it should remove any provision for religion or if need be.

His words, “CAN stands for equality of all persons before the law. So, we want the immunity clause (Section 308) to be expunged. Some governors hide under the cover of immunity to perpetrate heinous acts as they cannot be challenged in court. If you err either as a President or governor, and it is so fundamental, you should have nowhere to hide.”

“The National Assembly should maintain the secularity of Nigeria. They should remove any provision for religion or if need be, insert also constitutional provisions for Ecclesiastical Courts.”

“Revenue allocation and sharing formula should be guided by the principles of sustenance and benefits to sources of dedication on the ratio of 70 per cent retained by regions, and 30 per cent sent to the centre.”

“We demand separation of the Office of Attorney-General of the Federation from the Office of the Minister of Justice. We demand creation of new states for administrative impartment and government dividends vis-à-vis: Southern Kaduna/Kataf/Gurara State, Adada State from present Enugu State, Cross River North State, Okun State, Osigwe State, Oke-Ogun State.”

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