Chairman of the Nigerian Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Ovie Omo-Agege, has given reasons why Nigeria cannot get a new constitution now.
Speaking on Thursday in an interview with Channels Television, Omo-Agege said to alter section 9 of the constitution, it required four-fifths votes of members of the senate and that of house of representatives, which he said would be difficult to achieve.
The deputy senate president said those who want a “brand new” constitution must submit a bill to the national assembly to move that the section 9 of the constitution be altered.
According to him, he is sponsoring a bill that will set aside 30 percent of positions in federal and state executive councils for persons aged between 25 and 30 years.
“The reason we are doing that is we have this belief that arising from the #EndSARS protest, I have taken the position that I would rather have this youths sit down in the federal executive council and sit down in the state executive councils in various states than having them go protest at the Lekki tollgate.
“I do not see why we should keep these youths away from government, and these are people that constitute about 70 percent of our population today.
“They own this country. It is my belief that they are better off participating in decision making on matters affecting the well-being of the country. It is their country.”