The United States Monday canvassed for more participation of the populace in the ongoing process by the National Assembly to amend the Nigerian Constitution. Counsellor for Political Affairs, United States Embassy in Nigeria, Mr. Gregory Lawless, gave the advice when he paid a courtesy visit on the Special Adviser to the President on National Assembly Matters, Senator Joy Emodi, at the National Assembly.
Lawless said that constitution amendment in any country is a serious business and should be made to take into consideration the views of the various segments of the society. He acknowledged the vibrant debate in the Nigerian mass media on the constitution review but insisted that the process should be made to bring the views of the people into the document that determines how they are governed.
“In any country that is in the process of amending its constitution, it is usually a very serious process that requires the involvement of all sectors of the society. As outsiders and visitors to the country we are interested in observing the domestic political process and we hope that all Nigerians will be involved in the process. “I think that so far it is too early to say because I understand that the process of amending the Constitution is still at a very early stage but I have observed a very vibrant press; opinions are expressed in the newspapers and the radio about how the constitution should be amended and I think that through this process more people are involved in the exercise,” he said.