Akeredolu spoke at the 59th Founders’ Day Anniversary Lecture, Award, and Endowment of the Adeyemi Federal University of Education in Ondo.
Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State has cried out that the 1999 Constitution reduced states in the federation to ordinary beggars.
He made the statement at the 59th Founders’ Day Anniversary Lecture, Award, and Endowment of the Adeyemi Federal University of Education in Ondo.
The governor, who spoke through his Special Adviser on Union Matters and Special Duties, Mr Dare Aragbaiye, said there would be no end to the misery of the people unless the basic law was tinkered with to reposition the country to prepare for the production of goods and services.
He said: “A defective law cannot engender peace and progress. It is, more often than not, the source of the seemingly intractable crises.
“There can be no development in a place where the law and its application are skewed, heavily, against the majority of the people. When the law becomes an instrument of repression, society is imperiled.
“A codification which alienates the people from its intendment is not only repressive but also fraudulent.
“There can be no meaningful achievement from the existence of a set of regulations whose purpose is to sustain the privileges enjoyed by a parasitic few at the detriment of the majority.”
Akeredolu explained that the existence of the 1999 Constitution, as amended, represented an experiment in audacious mendacity.
He also recommended the 1963 Republican Constitution as a veritable guide for desired development.
“The subversion of the people’s will cannot engender progress in any society if the essence of development is the amelioration of the challenges faced by them.
“Any law which imposes the whims and caprices of a select but partisan few on the majority of the people cannot be used to advance the cause of the society.
“If there is any document whose existence represents an experiment in audacious mendacity, it is this so-called Constitution of the people of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“The Constitution tells manifest lies against itself. It purports to represent the wishes of the Nigerian people but nothing can be farther from this obvious lie,” the governor said.
While urging the in-coming administration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to be courageous to confront the problems headlong, Akeredolu said: “The in-coming administration has its job clearly defined. It is inheriting not only a heavy backlog of disaffection and complaints from the citizenry from all parts of the country; it has sold its campaign on the promise of a Renewed Hope.”