1999 constitution breeds corrupt leaders, replace it with 1963 Republican Constitution — Akande

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[Ondo]–The former governor of Osun State and All Progressive Congress chieftain, Chief Bisi Akande has said that the 1999 constitution is breeding corrupt leaders and it will deepen recession in the country.

Akande who also faulted the 1999 constitution said the constitution is configured in a way that Nigeria will be given to spending and not generating her own income.

Akande condemned 1999 constitution and advocated for 1963 Republican Constitution at the presentation of a book titled “Nigeria: the Path We Refused to Take” written by Basorun Seinde Arogbofa in Akure.

He said the 1999 constitution ‘can never be beneficially reviewed’, maintaining that the ongoing constitutional amendments could only ‘totally blot the essence of national values and accelerate the de-amalgamation of Nigeria.”

“The Nigerian constitution breeds and protects corrupt practices and criminal impunities in governance, Nigeria began as a controversial state of many nations.

Akande said: “The 1999 Constitution is Nigeria’s greatest misadventure since Lugard’s amalgamation of 1914. The constitution puts emphasis on spending rather than making money, thereby intensifying the battles for supremacy between the legislature and the executive while the judiciary is being corruptly tainted and discredited.

“The 1999 Constitution can never be beneficially reviewed and the ongoing piecemeal adjustments or amendments can only totally blot the essence of national values and accelerate the de-amalgamation of Nigeria.

Akande who also faulted military mentality in 1999 constitution that Nigeria is running.

He said “It should only be scrapped as a bad relics of military; and it ought to be temporarily replaced with the 1963 Republican Constitution to enable a transition for the writing of a suitable constitution.

“Otherwise, the 1999 constitution would continue to dwarf Nigeria’s economy and stifle the country’s social structure pending a disastrous and catastrophic bankruptcy.”

Akande emphasized that the military involvements in Nigerian politics for 29 out of Nigeria’s 57 years of independence has drawn back sense of democracy and good governance among Nigerian political leaders.

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