NIGERIA, A CONSTITUTION AND THE COLLECTIVE FUTURE OF A PEOPLE
Gabriel B. Ogunmola
1. A constitution is not just a stale document but a living framework for the governance of a people.
- The people must by an expression of their will, accept the document as binding and reflecting their hope and aspiration for a collective future.
- A constitution by such an expression would foster national cohesion and promote unity among the people, and a common consent in the way they see issues of common interest, in their efforts at national development and value addition to their biological additivity.
- The fundamental presumption therefore must be a determined will of the people to a collective aspiration of a people within a political community.
- That political community of the people is the geographical space where everybody accepts the responsibility of citizenship and loyalty to the political community, of the country: Nigeria.
- Nigeria deserves the full membership of its citizenship and grants onto it, the full right of a common humanism and respect for the individuality, liberty and happiness of a people.
- For this reason, we, the people must act responsibly and give, Nigeria, the loyalty of our citizenship for a collective good.
Professor Gabriel B. Ogunmola FAS
11th April 2011.