NEITHER THE 1979 CONSTITUTION NOR THE 1999 CONSTITUTION WAS MADE OR ENACTED BY “WE THE PEOPLE”
By Tony Nnadi
(Being a Rejoinder to the hogwash by “Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi” about the authorship of both the so-called 1979 and 1999 Constitution).
First is to note that the name of the author of the piece: “Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi” seems self-evidently fictitious and the article completely Dishonest and Illiterate.
The article is obviously the hatchet job done on behalf of the distressed Fulani Caliphate, desperate to save their defeated, forged Title Deed over Nigeria, the so-called “1999 Constitution”.
The author’s key strategy is to distort facts and obfuscate the clear line of reasoning that inform the present total onslaught against the Fraudulent 1999 Constitution by the trapped constituent components of the Failed Lugardian Experiment of 1914.
The dispute on the Legitimacy of the 1999 Constitution (and its 1979 Precursor), is about who ENACTED (ie Promulgated and Gave the Force of Law to) the Constitutions, not about who DRAFTED them.
It amounts to illiteracy on the subject of Constitution-Making for anyone to mix up the two (ie Enacting and Drafting).
The story of the making of the so-called 1979 Constitution as told by the fictitious author, “Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi”, begins with the Draft Commissioned by Murtala Mohammed in 1975 via Rotimi Williams who brought in Ben Nwabueze.
This Williams/Nwabueze Draft went as Working Paper to the Constituent Assembly of 1977 set up by Olusegun Obasanjo (as Murtala Mohammed had been assassinated in 1976 and Obasanjo his Chief Of Staff took over as Head of State and continued the warped Constitution-Making Process initiated by Murtala Mohammed).
The 1977 Constituent Assembly deliberated extensively and rejected several aspects of the Murtala Mohammed Draft including the retention of the States that had been created by Military Decrees since 1967 as well as the Adoption of the Presidential System of Government.
These two key aspects relate to the Structure of the Federation and the System of Government.
The 1977 Constituent Assembly submitted a Clean Copy of its own Draft Constitution to Obasanjo sometime in 1978.
On the 21st of September in 1978, Obasanjo went on National Broadcast to announce 17 Amendments introduced by the then Supreme Military Council to the Clean Draft (ie the Finished Work) submitted by the Constituent Assembly and went ahead to Promulgate this heavily altered version by Decree as “1979 Constitution” with a false Preamble that “We the People” Agreed Upon and Made that 1979 Constitution.
It was through these 17 Amendments that the Land Use Decree of 1978 and other heinous Decrees including the NYSC Decree of 1973, were smuggled into the so-called “1979 Constitution”.
Bottomline is that despite being DRAFTED by the individuals named in the fictitious article, the 1979 Constitution was ENACTED by Obasanjo’s Supreme Military Council and not the People of Nigeria as Falsely Claimed in the Preamble to that Constitution.
It is dishonest for the author of the article not to mention this overriding act of Obasanjo’s Supreme Military Council to the Clean Draft Constitution submitted by the 1977 Constituent Assembly.
Similarly, the Story of the 1999 Constitution was fully told by it’s author, Abdusalam Abubakar in the Decree No.24 of 1999 by which he Promulgated the so-called 1999 Constitution.
He (Abdusalam Abubakar) had set up a “Constitution Debate Coordinating Committee” which went on its jamboree of Town Halls, ostensibly gathering Memoranda from a cross -section of Nigerians and reaching the Conclusion that most people wanted a return to the 1979 Constitution.
The 1979 Constitution was therefore adopted wholesale with additions and subtractions (amendments) made by Abdusalam Abubakar’s “Armed Forces Ruling Council”.
It was these cocktail of concoctions that was Promulgated on the 5th of May 1999 via Decree No.24 of 1999 into the so-called “1999 Constitution”, attached as Schedule to the said Decree No.24 of 1999.
For a 1999 Constitution that emerged through the process outlined above, and which has the egregious false claims that “WE THE PEOPLE” Agreed upon and ENACTED that Constitution, it is both Illiterate and Dishonest for the fictitious “Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi” to cite the list of persons who DRAFTED the 1999 Constitution as irrefutable proof that it was not the Military that ENACTED the Rogue “1999 Constitution”.
This fictitious author, “Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi” also quoted an earlier uninformed article by Simon Kolawole in which he (Simon), asserted that: “the 1999 Constitution was not written by the Military”
The author equated the jamboree of some random “Constitution Debate and Coordinating Committee” going around in some kind of Town Hall settings, with the Constitution-Making necessity of Constituent Components meeting to AGREE to Form a Union, and to Ratify whatever DRAFT emanating from the process by REFERENDUM.
Bottomline: Neither the 1979 Constitution nor the 1999 Constitution was made or enacted by “We the People”
Let “Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi” and his obdurate principals know that the true owners of the Sovereignties hijacked and confiscated by both the 1979 Constitution and 1999 Constitution, had by the December 16, 2020 Constitutional Force Majeure, launched a massive campaign to Dismantle the Imposed, Fraudulent 1999 Constitution and recover their hijacked Sovereignties from the Defunct Federation of Nigeria.
To learn more on this process, visit : www.ninasffn.org
May 16, 2021.