A leader of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former governorship aspirant in Ogun State, Hon Oladipopu Adebutu has called for an urgent review of the Nigerian constitution, as part of efforts to address the current challenges in the country.
Adebutu submitted that the spate of insecurity and agitations for secession make the constitution review urgent and desirable.
He spoke with newsmen on Thursday at his residence in Iperu – Remo, Ogun State, on the sidelines of the 3rd Annual Ramadan Lecture and Iftar organised by Lado Muslim Affairs’ Forum.
The lecture titled “Nigeria’s Socio – economic problems: Islamic Solution,” attracted top Islamic leaders and groups from Remo, Ijebuland and other parts of the state.
The former House of Representatives member noted that agitations by various groups, killings and kidnapping have shown that President Muhammadu Buhari – led government has failed woefully.
Adebutu further noted that the constitutional review must be taken seriously and it should go beyond deliberations at the National Assembly
He said ” Over time, we have always advocated for a need for that (review) and there have always been excuses that this can be done by the National Assembly. Yes, there are can be some discussions at the National Assembly, but I truly believe it goes beyond the National Assembly. This is a fundamental stakeholders’ issue. It is a very germane issue that goes to the root of the society, it goes beyond the National Assembly. I also believe it should be all encompassing, far and beyond just elected members of the National Assembly.
“I believe that is the way forward. You can see the agitations, unfortunately when have a government that is not too caring, when a government that has failed woefully, it becomes too obvious that that constitution needs a review; that is why more advanced societies, you find there are constitutional amendments. They have amendments because obviously at some stages, constitutions are reviewed. We must review the constitution. We must rejig it. It is terrible as it is.”
Adebutu applauded Islamic clerics for their roles in safeguarding the unity of Nigeria.
The gubernatorial aspirant also told his story of COVID-19 survival by dint of providence, calling on the clergymen’s continuous support for prayers for the state and Nigeria at large.
Delivering his lecture, the Chief Imam of Olabisi Onabanjo University Muslim Community, Dr Abdulhakeem Akanni also called for constitution review, saying Nigeria’s ethnic groups can renegotiate their co-existence.
He also opined that the myriad of challenges confronting Nigeria “is mere spiritual war,” and asked people to stop blaming Buhari for Nigeria’s woes.
Quoting several Quran verses to back his points, Akanni asked Nigerians to return to God if they want peace in the land.
He said “We are all culpable in the rot. Politicians, the police, teachers, clerics are also not spared out of the rot. We are all ungrateful to God.
“What we are battling in Nigeria is a spiritual war. Stop blaming Buhari for Nigeria’s woes. You say you want to impeach him? Will you go and bring an angel to govern Nigeria?
“Unless we change our ways, this is how we will continue.”