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We can’t effectively deal with challenges facing the nation until…– Anyaoku

Current challenges bedevilling Nigeria like poverty, insecurity, and dilapidated infrastructure, among others, cannot be dealt with under the current constitution.


The former Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Mr Emeka Anyaoku, lamented while speaking to newsmen on Saturday in his country home, Obosi village of Idemili North Local Government Area of Anambra State.

Anyaoku posited that “we have to return to those principles of the constitution as earlier agreed by our founding fathers”.

“I am on record for saying that these challenges cannot be effectively addressed under the constitution and governance system we have at the moment.

“We cannot effectively address these challenges that have assumed nationwide dimension, especially insecurity which has pervaded the Northern part of the country and other communities.

“The constitution for a pluralistic state as Nigeria; we have to return to those principles of the constitution as earlier agreed by our founding fathers.

“Until we do that, I am afraid that we cannot effectively deal with the challenges facing the nation,” he added.

On Monday sit-at-home observed in the Southeast region and the negative effects on the economy, the elder statesman said that the sit-at-home was causing great damage to the economy of the country.

“The sit-at-home home is doing great damage to the economy of the South East region. I do not support the idea. I think it is doing great damage to the economy.

“We have to deal with the root cause of the sit-at-home, which is the continued detention of Nnamdi Kanu.

“Even though the court of law had ordered his release, that word gives those who advocate and participate in sit-at-home the reason for doing so.

“I think that the cause of the sit-at-home should be addressed. I do not think that the sit-at-home should be maintained, it should be stopped,” he suggested.

On the Ito-Ogoto traditional event that was being celebrated every three years in the community, he observed that those who attained the age of 80 years were celebrated.

He noted that the Igbo culture respects age because it was believed that age brings wisdom.

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