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Okowa, Adebanjo, others harp on new constitution

Current challenges to Nigeria’s unity, economy, and politics will not be resolved until the country’s 1999 Constitution is changed to a truly federal article, according to Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, leader of Yoruba socio-political organization Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, and other prominent Nigerians.

Okowa bemoaned the country’s never-ending crises, claiming that the #EndSARS protests and labor agitations further strained relations between citizens and the government.

The leaders talked at the second Ripples Centre for Data and Investigative Journalism (RCDIJ) Project Ripples Dialogue, which was held in Lagos yesterday and was titled ‘Rebuilding Trust in a Divided Nigeria – Advancing the Conversation.’

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They demanded that the federal government alleviate insecurity and establish food security as soon as possible. They also faulted governments at all levels for contributing to the division.

Okowa stated in his speech that the country can only prosper if ethnic and religious divisions are bridged and a pan-Nigeria aim is really embraced and pursued by all.

Former Head of State, the late Aguiyi-Ironsi, issued a unitary decree in place of the federal constitution in the hope of replacing the regions with a strong Federal Government and unifying all parts of the country, according to Okowa.

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