Chief Bode George, a former deputy national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), expressed his dissatisfaction with Nigeria’s constitution, stating that it cannot lead the country to its desired future.
George made these remarks as a guest speaker during the Fifth Year Lecture organized by SWAAYA Limited, the publisher of the Freedom Online news platform. The lecture focused on the theme “2023-2027: Nigerians, Elected Leaders, and Expectations” and was attended by representatives of Imo and Bayelsa state governors. Notable figures such as former Minister of Police Affairs Navy Cpt. Omoniyi Olubolade (retd.) and former Managing Director of Daily Times, High Chief Tola Adeniyi, were also present. Eze Anaba, the President of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, and Maureen Chigbo, the President of the Guild of Corporate Online Publishers, served as chief hosts. The event also had representation from Aare Onakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams.
During the Function Suite, Sheraton Hotel in Ikeja, Lagos lecture, George highlighted that the Nigerian constitution has a fundamentally military structure and requires revision.
George remarked, “Having served in the military for a long time, I can confidently assert that the Nigerian constitution is entirely based on military principles. In the military, orders are issued from top to bottom. However, in a democratic dispensation, power is derived from the people, from the bottom to the top. But we have mindlessly copied the American constitution, so things are not working. If we believe this constitution will lead us to our desired future, we are deceiving ourselves.”
The PDP leader also emphasized the importance of implementing state policing to ensure national security.
Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa State, represented by his Chief Press Secretary, Daniel Alabra, acknowledged that the lecture shed light on the intentions and capabilities of politicians in the upcoming four years.
Similarly, Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, represented by the State Commissioner for Information Declan Emelumba, acknowledged that politicians need to enter an office to succeed and are often hindered by circumstances and various obstacles.
In his speech, delivered by Emelumba, Governor Uzodimma stated, “Let me clarify something. I don’t believe any politician enters office deliberately intending to fail. Instead, circumstances and other variables sometimes become stumbling blocks to performance.”
It is worth noting that different criteria are used to assess the performance of members of the executive and legislative branches.