Buhari bows to pressure, okays constitutional review

Nigerians have long yearned for a review of our electoral process.

That review seem to be in the offing as the Buhari led administration has constituted a “constitutional and electoral reforms committee”.

According to a statement issued by Salihu Isah, the Special Adviser to the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, the committee was set up to reform the electoral process.

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It is not immediately clear if the committee will also work on the Nigerian constitution.

However, presidential sources said the committee will be inaugurated on Tuesday October 4, 2016 at the HAGF’s Conference Room, Abuja by 11am.

The statement said the 24-member strong committee would be chaired by the former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani, while Dr. Mamman Lawal of Bayero University, Kano is the Secretary

Other members of the committee are Dr. Muiz Banire, SAN, Dr. Clement Nwankwo, Chief A.C Ude and Mr. Tahir, Director, Legal Drafting, Federal Ministry of Justice, amongst others.

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The statement reads in part: “The Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, will on Tuesday October 4, 2016 inaugurate a committee on Constitutional and Electoral Reform at the HAGF’s Conference Room, Abuja by 11am.

“The committee is expected to Review Electoral environment, laws and experiences from recent elections conducted in Nigeria and make Recommendations to strengthen and achieve the conduct of free and fair elections in Nigeria.”