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Former MOSOP leader, Mitee, calls for constitution review


A former president of the Movement for the Survival of the Ogoni People (MOSOP), Barr. Ledum Mitee, on Wednesday, called for a review of the constitution.

Mitee who spoke in Port Harcourt, Rivers State explained that a constitution review, involving the various ethnic groups, would give all Nigerians a sense of belonging.

The former chairman of Nigeria Transparency Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (NEITI) noted that the various ethnic groups were not allowed to make their input in the drafting of the country’s current constitution.

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He said, “Where is the constitution that people will say this constitution, Ogoni people were part of it, the Ibo people were part of it? .Not just because an Ibo man was inside there or maybe because a Yoruba man was inside there. Did he come there with a position of their people?

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“So what we need is that if you look at section 14, sub-section 2b of our constitution, it says the primary purpose of government is security and welfare of people.

“It (the constitution) also says that the sovereign resides with the people. So, that is what is the fundamental basis of any constitution that can carry us. What you see here is a constitution that lies about itself.”

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