- Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, gets invitation into the Council of African Bar Association (ABA)
- President of the association, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo, says the council extended invitation to the speaker because of his contributions towards lawmaking
- Dogara assures the council that he will be fully committed to supporting the body to make meaningful impact on the continent of Africa
The Council of African Bar Association (ABA) has decorated Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, as one of its distinguished life members.
ABA is a body comprising of Lawyers in Africa which provides a voice for the legal profession in Africa for the betterment of the continent, The Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) reports.
Dogara who is a legal practitioner at the National Assembly was robbed by president of the association, Mr Hannibal Uwaifo.
Uwaifo said the council extended invitation to the speaker because of his contributions towards lawmaking.
Dogara while accepting the membership, assured the council that he will be fully committed to supporting the body to make meaningful impact on the continent of Africa.
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He said: “I want to thank you for judging me worthy to be made lifetime member of Council of this association.
"Responsibility comes with expectations and I will render support to ensure that our brothers at the helm of affairs make an impact.”
Meanwhile, Yakubu Dogara has said the only way Nigeria can be restructured is by amending the 1999 Constitution
Dogara made his comments while speaking at a public hearing by the House Ad-hoc committee on the review of the 1999 Constitution, on Wednesday July 13.
NAIJ.com notes that the committee had organized the hearing in order to get input on a bill presented by Walter Onnoghen, the chief justice of the federation, to the National Assembly. The bill titled “A Bill for an Act to alter the Constitution of the Federal Republic Of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) to reflect the proposals initiated by the Judiciary (HB858)”, is a merger of all recommendations requiring an amendment of the Constitution, made by judicial bodies and heads of courts.
It aims to effect judicial reform by altering provisions of the Constitution.
While assuring Nigerians that the National Assembly would not block the aspirations in many quarters for changes to the Constitution, the speaker stressed that constitutional amendment is a continuous process which would occur in stages.
In the video below, NAIJ.com TV asked some Nigerians if they support calls for the restructuring of Nigeria or if they prefer a split up of the country.