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Independence Anniversary: ‘We are running Nigeria with a wrong constitution’ – Ayo Adebanjo

Chief Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of Yoruba socio-cultural organisation, Afenifere, has stated that Nigeria must do away with the 1999 Constitution in order to put an end to most of the problems stunting the growth of the country.

Adebanjo, who stated this on Saturday during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily, revealed that “Nigeria’s political, economic and cultural problems are based on the way we are running the nation under a wrong Constitution that was not embedded when we got our independence”.

He noted that Nigeria would be put on the right path once the 1999 Constitution imposed on the country by the military is changed.

Speaking about Nigeria’s independence, the elder statesman said, “We lost the ball when the military seized control and changed the constitution

“They imposed a constitution on us which is the cause of the problem today. So, we should go back to where we were, by changing this constitution, that’s the bottom line of our problem. All the problems we are having are based and embedded in the fraudulent constitution by the military.

“You cannot rule this country under a unitary system of government. We have this problem of disunity because of the unitary form of government the colonialists were using, but when we inverted to federalism after the London Constitutional Conference in 1953 which came into office in 1954. Before then, there were no questions or issues.”