As Nigerians continue to expect the National Assembly to come up with an all inclusive constitution, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has faulted the ongoing constitutional review describing it as a charade that would not produce peoples oriented document
The academic union alleged that some of the predetermined areas of interest have been developed for the collation even when the views of people are not yet known adding that various areas of concern presented by Nigerians are already excluded in the predetermined list.
While calling on Nigerians that it has withdrawn its representatives from the committee collating the response of Nigerian to the constitution review, ASUU maintained that it did not want to be used to put a legitimacy seal on the ongoing exercise.
Rising from its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Nasarawa State University, Keffi, Nasarawa state, ASUU said recent events have vindicated its earlier scepticism that the constitutional amendment might just be an effort in futility.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting, the union noted that apart from flaws in the execution of the public hearing, events at the ongoing exercise aimed at collating the views of Nigerians nationwide have drained off whatever the little credibility the process had.
“First, the collation has been adjourned to continue at a later date even with the obvious possibility of manipulation given the character and history of the Nigerian ruling class. Second, some of the predetermined areas of interest have been developed for the collation even when the views of people are not yet known.
The implication of this is that various areas of concern presented by Nigerians are already excluded in the predetermined list. Our union does not want to be used to put a legitimacy seal on the ongoing exercise”. Said the Communiqué
It however said that Nigeria needs a new constitution which it noted would address the various contentious areas within the existing one and in the polity at large noting that amending or reviewing the current constitution would only worsen its contents.
Commenting on the security challenges across the country especially on the ones posed by the Boko Haram group, ASUU said that the current attacks on security establishments have exposed the ineffectiveness of the security measures put in place by security agencies to pre-empt and guide against such attacks.
“The barricaded check-points at entrances to establishments and roads are cosmetic; the audacity of the attacks even on military installation like the elite CSC, Jaji sends the bold chilling message that even those charged with the territorial defence of Nigeria who are now deployed domestically as a signal of a red alert, are themselves not safe not to talk of the civilian whom they have been deployed to protect” it said.