It Is Time To Review Federal Character – Gbajabiamila

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Femi Gbajabiamila
Femi Gbajabiamila
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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has said that the federal character as presently defined in the constitution needs to be reviewed.

Gbajabiamila said that the federal character as defined in the constitution limits national opportunities to geographical location alone, adding that it does not consider gender, age classifications and persons living with disabilities.

He said this on Saturday in Abuja while declaring open the Young Parliamentarians Forum’s National Strategy Meeting and Retreat.

In a statement issued by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Lanre Lasisi, Gbajabiamila called for an amendment to Federal Character laws.

The statement titled ‘Gbajabiamila Moots Amendments to Federal Character Laws,’ quoted the Speaker as calling for an inclusion of women and youth in considering the federal character.

“In thinking outside the box, I think we should consider an amendment in the constitution to the definition of federal character because when we talk about federal character within the context of appointments, infrastructure and the rest of it in the constitution, federal character, as it is, is limited to where you are from, like your ethnicity.

“In other words, the constitution says appointment and all those other things shall be based on federal character and we have the Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. There should be a geographical spread. I think it is time that we expanded the definition of federal character because the character of a nation is not just based on your tribe. It is based on religion, where you are from, your sex and your age.

“So, when you are talking about federal character, you look at all those things and they are what make up the federal character. You talk about the percentages of women and youth; that is the true meaning of federal character and I think that is what should be reflected in the constitution,” Gbajabiamila said.

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