States creation and reversal of the revenue allocation to favour states and local governments yesterday topped the demands of Nigerians across the country as they trooped out to make inputs into the new constitution to take effect in 2013.
The occasion was the public hearing held by the House of Representatives in the nation’s 360 federal constituencies.
Shariah was high on the demand in Kano State where there were protests over the alleged non-inclusion of the Muslim legal system on the list of items to be reviewed in the 1999 Constitution.
A member of the House of Representatives in the state also narrowly escaped death after a mob attacked him in one of venues of the public hearing over alleged poor representation.
In Ogun State, confusion trailed the exercise as some people kicked against the modality adopted by the facilitators.
Imo, Enugu and Cross River people voted for state creation among others while Bayelsa people craved for 100 percent resource control.
The speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon Waziri Tambuwal, said the public hearing would produce a constitution that has wider wider scope of consultations and inclusiveness.
Tambuwal, who represents Tambuwal/Kebbe federal constituency, Sokoto State spoke in Tambuwal during the public hearing held in the town.
Sharia protests rock Kano Echoes of Sharia reverberated across the 24 centres designated for public hearing on the proposed amendment of the Constitution of the Republic in Kano weekend as Muslim faithful protest the non inclusion of Sharia in the list of items to be reviewed by the National Assembly.
In municipal councils, proceedings were abruptly wounded up following reports of an attack on the member representing Gwale federal constituency, Yushari Bashir Galadanci, by a mob over what they called his “poor representation and lack of patronage” since he was elected to the Green Chamber.
The serene atmosphere degenerated as a huge crowd waiting to gain entrance into the main arena shouted “bamayi bamayi” (we don’t want you ) on sighting the lawmaker that had arrived the scene in company of pockets of loyalists.
The crowd surge forward menacingly and Galadance that was fully conscious of the consequence of the mob action retreated to his car and sped off.
The development forced other political office holders to stay away from the venue of the public hearing as majority of the issues presented were rejected except local government autonomy, state assembly autonomy and abolition of State Independent Electoral Commission.