The speaker of the federal house of representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has announced that the country is struggling for survival and hinted that days of pretenses are over.
Gbajabiamila spoke during the inauguration of the house ad hoc committee on constitution review in Abuja on Thursday, and insisted that recent events underscore the fight for the survival of the “Nigerian project”.
The speaker stated that the nation’s challenges need to be urgently addressed, adding that it is one of the reasons the constitution review needs to be hastened.
He also said the house has realised that “many of our development questions lies in the pages of a new Nigerian constitution.”
According to the speaker, “When you ask me what the state of our nation is, the honest answer is this: we are in a fight for the very survival of our country and the continuation of the Nigerian project.”
In his words, “Recent global developments have exposed all our systemic weaknesses so that we can no longer pretend to ourselves that things are on an even keel and slow progress is enough to get us to where we ought to be yet are still so far away from.
“This ninth house of representatives has since committed to the cause of reform. Our commitment must neither waver nor wane on the matter of thoughtful and fair overhaul of our nation’s constitution.
“The reality of our current circumstances and the now certain knowledge that only us can save ourselves imposes on us an obligation to act with greater determination and all the urgency this moment calls for.”
Thousands of youths have recently taken to the streets, demanding an end to police brutality. The #ENDSARS campaign has gained global attention with several international media stations including CNN, BBC and others beaming their cameras on events on events in Nigeria.