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SERAP said: “The arrest and continued detention of Larry Emmanuel and Victor Anene Udoka is an egregious violation of their human rights. The Nigerian and Kogi state authorities have violated the following rights under the Nigerian Constitution, 1999 (as amended) and international law in continuing to detain Larry Emmanuel and Victor Anene Udoka: the right to be free from arbitrary detention; the right freedom from torture and ill-treatment, and the right to due process of law.”

Nigeria has a very rich history of constitution making right from the colonial times. But this was obstructed by military rule such that as at 1999, with 39 years of post-independence Nigeria, the military had ruled for about 30 years.  The 1999 Constitution was promulgated as a decree by the departing military regime in 1999. Since then, there has been attempts to reform the constitution in line with the aspirations of Nigerians. Various issues have been raised for review in the constitution. In this paper, we look at the recurrent issues in the review of the 1999 Constitution. But first we give a brief history of the 1999 Constitution and constitution making in Nigeria.

The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, disclosed this during the inspection of the newly acquired operational vehicles and tow trucks for the FRSC on Thursday in Abuja.

Last week, Mohammed, furious at Twitter’s decision to start its first Africa office in Ghana, decided it was time to level the ragged edges and crush the journalistic snakes and con artists in Nigeria by heaping on them the blame for Twitter’s decision. It was hard for him to swallow.

While a sum of N7.4 million was paid to petitioners who were compensated by the judicial panel of inquiry constituted to probe cases of human rights abuses by the disbanded Special- Anti Robbery Squad (SARS), 700 farmers, whose lands were acquired for construction of the airport got a sum of N500 million and indemnity certificates.

There has been increased advocacy for such a foreign policy shift among leading US think tanks and lobbyists led by the US Center for Strategic and International Studies, ranked number one think tank and bipartisan organization that “strives to define the future of national security” and Freedom House, another American think tank devoted to the support and defence of democracy and “embattled human rights defenders” around the world.

It is delusive to assume any of the regions solely underpins the Nigeria infrastructure.  The North feeds the nation, and the south contributes in commerce and revenue generation. We are one concentric circle, holding each other at delicate arcs. Nigeria has a unified entity can stand as an island because its component parts are already flourishing archipelagos.

But lo and behold, the protesters turned a deaf ear to the call for dialogue from the Federal Government and well meaning Nigerians and groups who originally bought into the ideals of the agitations and started shifting the goal post in the middle of the game by coming up with new demands to the authorities, which pointed to the fact that the protest as genuine as it seemed, had now transformed into the Biblical hand of Esau, but the voice of Jacob