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National Conference: Arewa tackles Prof. Nwabueze over draft constitution

By Garba Ahmad, Kaduna on 22/11/2013

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has taken constitutional law expert Professor Ben Nwabueze to task over his request for presidential mandate to draft a people’s constitution for the proposed National Conference.

ACF in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary Anthony Sani yesterday in Kaduna, North-West Nigeria, said: “ACF has read with great concern reports credited to Professor Ben Nwabueze to the effect that he wants Mr President to mandate him to draft the people’s constitution for consideration in the proposed conference.

“We do not want to believe the reports, precisely because there is a National Advisory Committee charged with the task and responsibility of collaring views for the purpose of advising the government on the mode, nature and content of the proposed conference.

“That Professor Nwabueze and some sections of this country have managed to sell the idea of the conference to the government and to the good people of Nigeria does not qualify him to seek to determine the outcome of the conference up front.

“More troubling would be the impression created in the minds of Nigerians that the conference is intended to produce a brand new constitution, whereas no sitting government has the constitutional right to discard the existing constitution in favor of a new one.

“We hope Professor Nwabueze is not attempting to make the conference sovereign irrespective of the advice by the advisory committee.”

•Photo shows ACF’s National Publicity Secretary Anthony Sani.

Source News Express

Posted 22/11/2013 10:13:47 AM





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