It is a glorified death certificate – Pastor Bakare warns Buhari over 1999 constitution

Tunde Bakare

The serving overseer of the Citadel Global Community Church, Pastor Tunde Bakare, has described the 1999 constitution as a “glorified death certificate”.

Bakare has also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “stop passing the ball to the National Assembly” on the matter.

The National Assembly is currently in the process of amending the 1999 constitution and has concluded zonal public hearings on it.

Speaking at the church service on Sunday, Bakare said the constitution should be replaced if the country wants to achieve greatness.

“I am persuaded, as are many fellow compatriots within and outside the shores of Nigeria, that the 1999 constitution, whether as amended or to be further amended by the national assembly, is nothing more than a glorified death certificate,” he said.

“Let us borrow a leaf from recent world history. Once upon a time, the Berlin wall separated eastern Germany from western Germany, until president Ronald Reagan, in his indomitable manner, spoke lucidly on live television to the president of the then Soviet Union. He said, ‘Mr Gorbachev, tear down this world’. Mr Gorbachev eventually did and Germany is better off for it today.

“In the same spirit, I say to President Muhammadu Buhari, ‘Stop passing the ball to the national assembly. Tear down this inhibiting concoction of a constitution; tear it down so that we can build a truly great nation. This is one enduring legacy your administration can still secure before your time in power draws to a close. If you do, present and unborn generations of Nigerians will remember you for it and write your name in gold when the history of this period is written. If you don’t, history will record that you failed to rise to the occasion and you squandered a great opportunity.’

“Those clamouring for and waiting for genuine change to happen through the upcoming 2023 presidential election, without first insisting that our imposed sham of a constitution must be torn and discarded, are merely putting the cart before the horse. This is nothing but a prescription for retrogression.”

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