Though considered by many as late, the review of the present constitution by the upper chamber of the national assembly (NASS) is crucial.
How can the constitution of 1999 still be the operational law today? Many would ask. This constitution as we all know was made by the military before their exit in May 1999.It is a military kind of constitution otherwise rightly or wrongly called militarized constitution.
The militarization is the inclusion of some clauses which create inequalities among citizens as well as provides the privileged few the undue latitude to commit offence and get away with it. It is very annoying that the so called immunity clause is still very much alive in the constitution of the nation.
I do not think there is any normal society where the constitution provides that some citizens, however highly placed, should commit offence and even offences without being punished. This immunity has created so much impunity in our system and as a result, lawlessness has become part of us. If I may ask, what is the immunity clause for the president, governors and their deputies still doing in our constitution if we are serious about fighting corruption?
This should be scrapped because it gives a very few set of people undue advantage to do and undo while in office. Is this not supposed to be democracy?
Meanwhile, from history most of the people that enjoyed immunity abused it and after they might have left office, it becomes almost impossible to get them back t answer the corruption charges against them. There were so many charges leveled against former governors and even president but how many have come back to answer them? Where is Orji Uzor Kalu today? How far with the case against Lucky Igbinedion? Ibori was able to escape the wrath of the law of this with the help of the so called immunity clause? Almost every past governor had one or two corruption cases to answer but the so called immunity prepared the way for them to travel abroad immediately they leave office.
If there must be order and sanity in the system, this injustice must stop and to purge the ultimate statute of the military factors, the constitution needs whole scale tinkering.
God bless Nigeria!
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