Decommissioning & Jettisoning of the 1999 Constitution – Tony Nnadi Explains the Process on Heritage TV Weekly Show
The story behind Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution is as thrilling as it is mesmerizing to those who have taken the time to take a dispassionate look at the document that codifies the governance of Africa’s most populous country. An impressive percentage of Nigerians are classified as literate, especially in the southern part of the country. The governance of Nigeria in recent decades has been carried out as if the country is full of illiterates who can neither read nor write. In 1999, the military ruling elite decided to quit direct political leadership of the country and hand over power to the civilians. But that handover was crafted to become a Trojan gift.
General Abdulsalami Abubakar’s junta that oversaw the so-called transition to a civilian rule made sure that the emergent 4th Republic was made in the image of the preceding military era. The constitution drafting was micromanaged by the junta that handpicked those who crafted the document. To bypass the ratification process, which usually involves a referendum or plebiscite, the ruling military junta promulgated the draft 1999 Constitution into effect by the issuance of Decree No 24 of 1999. After the decree, what is now the 1999 Constitution was kept away from the eyes of the public until the newly elected president, Retired-General Olusegun Obasanjo, was sworn into office. It is alleged that this spurious constitution was also kept away from Obasanjo, for security reasons, until the Decree No 24 of 1999 became baptized to answer the 1999 Constitution by the clique that crafted this evil document.
The LNC scribe has provided the chronology of a concerted pushback emanating from an alliance of informed representatives of stakeholders of Nigeria under the aegis of PRONACO, Movement for New Nigeria (MNN), Nigerian Indigenous Nationalities Alliance for Self-determination (NINAS) and their constituents in the Yoruba, Lower Niger and Middle Belt ethnic nationalities. From the lawsuit filed in a Lagos High Court by PRONACO, the indigenous stakeholders of Nigeria have finally resolved to initiate a Constitutional Force Majeure aimed at abrogating the contractual obligations that bind 200 million Nigerians to a master-servant constitutional arrangement that fosters corrupt governance, impunity, mass unemployment and poverty in a geopolitical space that is well-endowed and blessed by God.
Mr. Nnadi has astutely prosecuted the people’s case against the ruling clique that has imposed a fraudulent constitution on “We the people…” to enable them to confiscate our ancestral lands and thereby make us perpetual slaves in our very own hometowns. The only thing sustaining the widely repudiated 1999 Constitution is the penchant for a critical mass of Nigerians to be herded to the polls every four years to extend the life of the instrument of our enslavement, deprivation and damnation. The political class has become a willing tool being used to inflict inhumane and unbearable living conditions on millions of fellow compatriots. The political class has been identified as the enemy of the people because they collude with our jailers in foisting a wicked document of enslavement on 200 million Nigerians.
The Constitutional Force Majeure wishes to stop the drift toward the 2023 general elections charade by aborting the entire electoral process now, a few years before the expiration of this cycle. The youths of Nigeria are more than equal to this task. The youths make up more than 80 percent of the Nigerian population. Just by the deployment of their smartphones and social media outlets, the youths of Nigeria can stop all political parties in the country dead on their tracks in an instant. The Constitutional Force Majeure shall signal the flipping of the switch. To be forewarned is to be forearmed.