The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has rejected the ongoing review of the 1999 Constitution as Amended and demands a new Constitution that will reflect the yearnings and aspirations of the people.
Submitting a Memorandum of the PFN to the Senate Committee on the 1999 Constitution Review for Benue, Nasarawa and Plateau States in Jos, the Vice President, North Central of the organization, Prophet Isa El-buba declared their position that the present Constitution is not a peoples’ constitution and does not, in anyway, reflect the aspirations and yearnings of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) and the people of Nigeria.
“The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) is firmly of the view that the review process by amending a segment of the constitution might just be an exercise in futility that cannot meet the expectations of the people.
“We stand with the different groups and people across the length and breadth of Nigeria in rejecting the 1999 Constitution, and maintaining that it cannot deliver a framework for good governance.
“We do not see the on-going process of proposed alteration to the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 achieving the objectives of restructuring Nigeria, as desired and canvassed by millions of Nigerians and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)” they added.
The memorandum by the PFN was signed by it’s National President, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, National Secretary, Rev. Dr. Cosmas Ilechukwu and National Legal Adviser Funmi Quadri, SAN.
Reading the address of the Chairman Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution and the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, the Committee Chairman for the Zone, Senator Abdullahi Adamu had earlier said the Senate decided to adopt a bottom-top approach by first listening to Nigerians at the geopolitical level before the National Public hearing.
The two days public hearing on the review of the 1999 Constitution which is ongoing simultaneusly across the six geopolitical zones of the country, is a platform for all stakeholders to contribute to the realization of a Constitution that will reflect the minds of all Nigerians.
Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State in a good will message hoped that the exercise will reflect the yearnings of the citizens to strengthen democracy and foster peace and unity of the country especially in the face of economic and security challenges.
While urging the committee to be fair in addressing some grey areas in the Constitution, he supported the need for the Constitution to guaranty the full autonomy of all sectors.
Lalong also stressed the need for State and Community Policing in the Constitution review in order to curtail the incessant attacks on defenceless citizens.
All the three States’ government and Houses of Assemblies submitted their Memos to the committee as well as civil society organization, ethnic groups, religious body and individuals.