Love or hate the National Assembly, they are the only body permitted by the constitution to deliberate on and vote for restructuring or any constitutional amendment.
If we seek for a referendum, they also are the only body that can include that in our constitution.
Anything other than this, is a illegallity and wouldn’t stand in a court of law.
I mean, isn’t it crazy for us to expect the President (or Acting) to just go on air and declare a referendum or a restructuring? Who gave him such powers? If he could do that and we permit it, could he not also decide on a referendum on some other crazy issue?
We must also look beyond the personalities in NASS but the office they represent.
This change in mindset will provide the various agitators and advocates the right channels and processes available to achieve their objective.
This is the 21st century. We must be able to properly articulate our viewpoint, sell it, build bridges to win others to our side and get enough of people in constituted office to utilise political powers for our set objective.
Use of force will only beget use of force and the circle will never end.
No matter how deficient our democracy is currently, and the problem is not with the system but practitioners (the elected and the voters), it still provides our best opportunity to move forward.
Saying all these brings the ball to our court and demands that you and I get involved in governance.
Isn’t this what we avoided that got us to this crisis point and we seek again to avoid by seeking shortcuts?
Human growth and development demands improved human solutions. For true development comes out of this. It is hard work but there are no shortcuts to true development.
For example, rather than call for a boycott of elections, Nnamdi Kanu and his IPOB can ensure that citizens from that region who share his vision, win elections into the state and federal legislature. He can reach out to the South South and South West and even the Northern regions, to sell his vision from the benefits for those regions. That way, those regions can also mobilize to have citizens with their vision in the state and federal legislators.
With more legislators with this vision come 2019, it would not be hard to deliberate on creating a new constitution for Nigeria and getting the support of state assemblies to pass it into law. With this in place, we will have no need for a constitutional conference.
Let 2019 be about citizens getting involved in party politics to ensure we have the right persons in the Executive and the Legislature. It is a task for you and I. Stop avoiding this work.
ARISE AND BUILD YOUR NATION