Chief Bode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has expressed his belief that the current Nigerian constitution is inadequate to lead the country to its desired future.
He made this statement on Tuesday while serving as a guest speaker at the Fifth Year Lecture organized by SWAAYA Limited, the publishers of the Freedom Online news platform. The lecture focused on the theme “2023-2027: Nigerians, elected leaders, and expectations.”
Representatives of the governors of Imo and Bayelsa states, as well as former minister of police affairs Navy Cpt. Omoniyi Olubolade (retd.) and former Managing Director of Daily Times, High Chief Tola Adeniyi, were present at the event.
The president of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, Eze Anaba, and the president of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, Maureen Chigbo, played key hosting roles. The Aare Onakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, was also represented.
During his speech at the Function Suite in Sheraton Hotel, Ikeja, Lagos, Bode George highlighted that the Nigerian constitution has a military structure that needs to be revised. He pointed out that the current constitution follows a top-down approach, whereas democracy should be based on powers emanating from the people. Bode George criticized the adoption of the American constitution and emphasized that the existing constitution will not lead Nigeria to its desired future.
The PDP chieftain also advocated for the establishment of state policing as an effective measure to enhance national security.
Other speakers at the event included the Governor of Bayelsa State, Duoye Diri, who was represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabra, and the Governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodimma, who was represented by the state Commissioner for Information, Declan Emelumba.
They discussed the intentions and challenges faced by politicians in the coming years and highlighted the complexities of measuring performance between the executive and legislative branches of government.
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