The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr Abdullahi Ganduje, has called for a major constitutional roles for deputy governors in Nigeria to keep them busy.
Ganduje said this in Abuja during the annual conference of the Forum of Former Deputy Governors of Nigeria.
The National Chairman who was represented at the event by the APC Deputy National Chairman, South, Mr Emma Eneukwu, said that assigning constitutional roles for the deputies would prevent unnecessary clashes between them and their governors.
He said, “I am happy that you the deputy governors, have decided to come together and form yourself into a forum and embark on this advocacy.
“As you create awareness, as you meet people and talk to leaders of our country, there is a need to constitutionally give roles to the deputy governors.”
A former Attorney General of the Federation, Chief Kanu Agabi, while speaking at the event, advised political leaders to be guided by patriotism in all their endeavours, saying nothing was wrong with the Nigerian Constitution, but the inability to observe it.
“There are some of us who feel that the constitution is an invalid document, it is illegitimate, it is a product of the military. Even if it is a broken-down vehicle it is the vehicle.
“It is a good constitution; there is nothing wrong with it. However good a constitution is, it is not a self-executing document, it doesn’t enforce itself. It requires good people to enforce it.
“Of course, it is not intended to be a perfect document, but this nation must begin to respect the Constitution.
“We must begin to respect the nation’s history and not go on describing it as an artificial creation. As we hear so many people doing. There is no nation that is not artificial. All nations are artificial,” he said.
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