The Executive Director of the Obafemi Awolowo Foundation, Dr Tokunbo Awolowo-Dosunmu, has said a good constitution is the solution to the country’s problem.
Awolowo-Dosumu, who is the only surviving child of late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, spoke at a webinar organised by The Toyin Falola Interviews.
She explained that the recommendations of the 1989 assembly, which brought about the 1989 Constitution, were not allowed to see the light of the day.
The webinar was titled, ‘A conversation with Dr Awolowo Dosumu.
“The transition programme didn’t materialise; the constitution was never used. I was pained because I was a part of it. I remember that I tried and mounted a spirited campaign; we tried our best, but it didn’t go through.
“The attempt to include Sharia in the constitution caused an uproar that the government had to pronounce it a no go area,” she added.
According to her, a constitution is the bedrock of any country, adding that if the constitution of a country is not appropriate, that country will continue to move from one problem to another, as seen in Nigeria.
“A lot of people are not aware that the first time federalism was introduced was in 1945 and there were conferences and they all came up that federalism was the best for Nigeria, although people like Awolowo think that it didn’t go far enough. Without a constitution that guarantees equity and justice, perception will be the order where people will feel they are being denied and shut out,” she added.
On insecurity, Awolowo-Dosumu said local security outfits should be allowed to operate freely, while their members should be recruited through traditional rulers who would identify the right people in their domains.