Lawyer and Social Commentator Dr. Charles Omole has said the controversial bill sponsored by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, and two of his colleagues is best suited to a Military dictatorship than a constitutional democracy.
Omole who is also a security expert, said this in a series of tweets on his official twitter handle, stated that Nigeria cannot be using laws made during colonial era to administer our democracy in 2020.
Omole said a new law is truly needed. But the original Bill is badly crafted, drafted and not domesticated for the realities of life in Nigeria.
See his tweets below…
I have been following d controversy about this Bill. I decided to actually read d Bill before making any comment. I found so many issues of concern in d Bill. But it also has some merit. So, I decided to do a line by line review of the 48-Page Bill.
As a result; I will be producing a new Version of the Bill that keeps the meritorious provisions, deletes the horrible clauses and inserted dozens of new clauses to make the bill Human Rights Compliant in a constitutional democracy.
I will publish my revised version of the Bill on Tuesday 5th May. This can then be debated and reviewed by all. We should not throw away the baby with the dirty water. Part of my criticism go to the legal drafters in NASS. They did a bad job with the original draft with so many lacunas and mischief provisions included. All of which I have tidied up in my revised version. If the NASS actual mean well, they should jettison their original version and proceed on the basis of my revised version (which of course can still be further refined).
This is the way to build consensus and unite the nation. We cannot be using laws made during colonial era to administer our democracy in 2020. So a new law is truly needed. But the original Bill is badly crafted, drafted and not domesticated for the realities of life in Nigeria.
The current draft is better suited to a Military dictatorship than a constitutional democracy. I will do my best to tidy up the Bill and make it more compliant and subjected to appropriate checks and balance. So let us see what others will make of it. We all must be constructive.