Legal luminary, Afe Babalola has called for a constitutional review and a new constitution before the 2023 general election.
He made the call on Monday while speaking at the 5th Ife Institute of Advanced Studies, Summer Institute Programme, taking place at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, in Osun State.
The founder of Afe Babalola University also called for the restructuring of the country before the forthcoming general elections to avoid the recycling of leaders.
He insisted that the 1999 Constitution remains the biggest problem of the country and that until it is replaced, Nigeria would not be able to make any meaningful progress.
He said: “Those who wish this country to remain an indivisible entity, and I am one, must unite to ensure that we replace the present 1999 Constitution with a truly Federal Constitution and a Parliamentary system of government, which is more involving and less expensive.
“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.
“The proposed constitution will spell out the number of political parties and percentage of women representation, among others. It will also enable knowledgeable, selfless, patriotic and non-tribalistic Nigerians to emerge as leaders and make governance less expensive. In addition, it will discourage politics from being the most lucrative business in Nigeria.
“The constitution must prevent transactional businessmen from contesting elections. The constitution must make provision for Independent Candidates to contest and win elections.”
Babalola sugegsted that the new constitution must provide that the National Assembly shall consist of 60 percent of elected professionals and opinion leaders and 40 percent of all qualified voters.
Source: Naija News