Ekweremadu Unveils his book on constitutional review

The book- “Constitutional Review in an Emerging Democracy: The Nigerian Experience”- authored by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu has been unveiled in Abuja today.
Co-authored by the Lead Consultant to the Senate Committee on Constitution Review, Professor Offornze Amucheazi, the book, which looks at the modalities, processes, and the challenges of constitutional review in Nigeria.
Presenting the book, the Senate President and Chairman of the National Assembly, Senator David Mark commended the Senator Ekweremadu-led Committee on Constitution Review for working hard to break the jinx of reviewing the 1999 constitution, noting that the book provides sufficient insight and guide into the constitution amendment projects undertaken by the National Assembly, especially since 2007.
Throwing more light on the purpose of writing the book, Senator Ekwermadu said the Committee decided to put its experience in writing to preserve institutional memory and to serve as a guide for future amendments.
He added: “The constitution is a legal document and is dynamic, just as the society itself is dynamic. So, at some turns in the history of a people, they decide to look at their constitution. We decided to put in a book form how we were able to actualise the amendments and then the values they have added to our country”.
He recalled that the National Assembly was able to carry out an extensive electoral reform and build sufficient capacity for election management in the 2010 constitution amendment, which he noted had paid off in the 2011 and 2015 elections both of which were adjudged to be incrementally free, fair, and credible.
Reviewing the book, a Professor of Law and Director, Legislative Services at the National Institute for Legislative Studies, Okechukwu Oko, said Senator Ekweremadu conducted the affairs of the Senate Committee on Constitution Review with “intelligence, dexterity, on principles and patriotic basis that transcended personal, partisan or sectional interests”.
He also described the co-author, Prof. Amucheazi as a “meticulous, an erudite and outstanding legal scholar, who has the real capacity for larger insights into society’s pressing problems”.
He added: “The book offers rich, detailed, and insightful accounts of constitutional review in Nigeria and provides the public with basis for evaluating the constitutional review process.
“The authors approaches the issue of constitutional review from a prognostic perspective, addressing what Nigerians can learn to enable them respond more intelligently and effectively the next time we need to amend the constitution”.
Prof Oko also described the book as “systemic, historical, dynamic and philosophical in outlook”, recommending it to all as a great tool for building a greater Nigeria.

Uche Anichukwu
Special Adviser (Media) to Deputy President of the Senate
27/04/15