The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), has described the proposed review of the country’s constitution by the National Assembly as an exercise that will end in futility.
It then called for a new constitution that will address the yearnings of Nigerians and put an end to the age-long agitation in the country. It stressed that Nigeria needs a new constitution that is in sync with the reality on ground and capable of enhancing the growth of the nation on all fronts.
The fellowship made this known in a statement titled “Nigeria’s Constitutional Review: PFN’s Stand”.
The statement was jointly signed by its National President, Bishop Francis Wale Oke, National Secretary,Dr Cosmas Ilechukwu and National Legal Adviser, Funmi Quadri, SAN,
The body noted that the existing 1999 Constitution is fraught with irregularities that are not helpful to the growth of the country.
The statement reads, “The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) is aware of the ongoing constitutional review process being undertaken by the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the public hearing sessions scheduled by the Senate for May 26th and 27th, 2021 across the Six (6) geo-political zones of the country” it noted.
“As a result, the Fellowship maintained that the current constitution which serves as the conveyor belt for the administration of the country, is anti-people and faulty.
“We declare that the present Constitution is not a people’s constitution and does not, in anyway, reflect the aspirations and yearnings of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria ( PFN) and the people of Nigeria.”
The PFN) maintained that amending a segment of the constitution mght just be an exercise in futility that cannot meet the expectation of the people
While declaring it was joining forces with other groups in the country in repudiating the 1999 Constitution, it calling for the enactment of a new one that would be acceptable and more pliable to the yearnings of Nigerians.
“We stand with the different groups and people across the length and breadth of Nigeria in rejecting the 1999 Constitution, and maintain that it cannot deliver a framework for good governance. We do not see the on-going process of “proposed alteration to the provision of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999” achieving the objectives of restructuring Nigeria, as desired and canvassed by millions of Nigerians and the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN)” it added
The PFN further charged ” The Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN) demands for a new Constitution coming as per other matters coming under paragraph 17 of the public notice that will guarantee a truly Federalist structure for the good and prosperity of all Nigerians”