Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar counsels political parties to rise above sectional sentiments, consider competence.

Written by on May 25, 2022

Former Military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has counselled political parties to rise above sectional sentiments and consider competence as they begin primaries to elect their candidates.

According to the General Abubakar, Nigeria at this stage of nationhood should not be debating zoning but should concentrate on getting any competent Nigerian, irrespective of his state of origin or religion, who can solve myriads of challenges facing the country.

The former head of state in an exclusive interview with a national daily, said he was surprised that after 23 years that the constitution has been operational, some Nigerians rose up against it and described it as the root cause of all problems facing the country, adding that there is nothing wrong with the 1999 Constitution his administration bequeathed to the country.

While admitting that there is no perfect Constitution in the world, he said instead of the critics of his administration examining the operators of the constitution, they have been calling for the postponement of the 2023 general elections till a fresh constitution emerges, noting that their demands could not be found in the Constitution of Nigeria, which makes it unconstitutional and urged them to join hands with the National Assembly in its ongoing efforts of amending the Constitution.

He said those who condemned the 1999 Constitution saying it was foisted on the people without Nigerians’ input might have forgotten that his administration set up a Constitution Debate Co-ordinating Committee (CDCC) headed by Supreme Court Justice Niki Tobi and Dr Suleiman Kurmo as deputy chairman.

Ango Bally

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