The National Democratic Coalition (NADECO) has called for the return to the 1960 or 1963 Constitutions.
In separate letters delivered to the United Nations and President Muhammadu Buhari, it stated that both constitutions, now annulled, were what Nigerians agreed to at independence and when the country became a Republic.
It indicated that the 1999 constitution is a military imposition through which Nigerians were falsely denied their sovereignty, lands, resources and rights.
NADECO General Secretary, Ayo Opadokun, in the letter, stated that NADECO’s demand came up as a result of the alleged “nepotic, ill-treatment, inequitable and unjust nature” by means of which the president and his government had ruled Nigeria.
According to him, the pro-democracy organisation had “no alternative” rather than to join in insisting on a return to the Republican Constitution, because Section 6 of the 1999 Constitution had taken away afflicted Nigerians’ right to seek redress in Nigerian Courts.
“There have been growing demands by several southern groups for constitutional reform following rising insecurity and the president’s perceived mismanagement of the country’s diversity, particularly his view on the solution to the farmers–herders’ crisis.”
According to NADECO, the South was moved because of unsettled issues relating to unequal distribution of the country’s resources.
It added that out of the total of 360 House of Representatives members, the South has 169 members, while the North has 191 members.
It stated that there was further injustice of oil income distribution in Nigeria with the nineteen Northern states “receiving a minimum of 57 per cent of the oil revenue to which they contribute 0.00 per cent.”
According to NADECO, the remarkable Nigerians, ethnic nationalities leaders agitating for a return to federal constitutional governance under the Independence Constitution “as negotiated by our founding fathers and upon which we Nigeria sought membership of the United Nations” were not Nigeria’s foe, rather wanted the best for the country.