CAN Wants Immunity Clause Removed For President, Deputy, Governors

The Christian Association of Nigeria on Thursday has asked the National Assembly to amend Section 308 of the 1999 Constitution, which guarantees immunity for the President, vice-president, governors and deputy governors from facing prosecution while in office.

The organisation also asked that the secularity of Nigeria be maintained or provision be made for Ecclesiastical Courts in the constitution.

The General Secretary of CAN, Joseph Daramola; and Director, National and Legal Issues, Comfort Chigbue, asked for these during a conference on the review of the 1999 constitution in Abuja.

Chigbue said, “CAN stands for equality of all persons before the law. So, we want the immunity clause (Section 308) to be expunged. Some governors hide under the cover of immunity to perpetrate heinous acts as they cannot be challenged in court. If you err either as a President or governor, and it is so fundamental, you should have nowhere to hide.”

Daramola on his own part, said, “The National Assembly should maintain the secularity of Nigeria. They should remove any provision for religion or if need be, insert also constitutional provisions for Ecclesiastical Courts.

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“Revenue allocation and sharing formula should be guided by the principles of sustenance and benefits to sources of dedication on the ratio of 70 per cent retained by regions, and 30 per cent sent to the centre.

“We demand separation of the Office of Attorney-General of the Federation from the Office of the Minister of Justice. We demand creation of new states for administrative impartment and government dividends vis-à-vis: Southern Kaduna/Kataf/Gurara State, Adada State from present Enugu State, Cross River North State, Okun State, Osigwe State, Oke-Ogun State.”





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