OrderPaperToday- FixPolitics Initiative has launched a petition for the inclusion of referendum to complete an amendment of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution.
According to FixPolitics Initiative, a “referendum affords citizens a pathway to express their desire for specific laws to govern them in a true democracy of ‘government of the people, by the people and for the people. It provides a safety valve for the citizen when the legislature and executive arms of government may need to be brought in line with the will of the people.”
The petition to the House of Representatives and Senate has been posted on the change.org website.
The petition is endorsed by several other CSOs, CBOs, Think-Tanks, Socio-Cultural Groups and Professional Associations in Nigeria, including OrderPaper Advocacy Initiative (OAI), Centre for Women Development and Social Justice, Anti-Corruption and Transparency Support Initiative (ACTSI), Hope for New Life Organization (HNLO), Community Education Advancement of Peace and Development Initiative (CEAPDI), Youth Future Savers Initiative (YFSI), Nigeria for Change Initiative, among others.
In providing details on the reason for the petition, FixPolitics Initiative states that “Nigerian’s current Constitution of 1999 does not allow for a referendum. By denying the citizens the means civic mechanism to express themselves, and putting the nation’s progression solely in the partisan hands of the Executive and Legislature, the only options left to the citizens to express their will are disruptive protests, strikes and so on which often negatively affect lives and proprieties.”
Therefore, “The citizens of Nigeria, like their counterparts in other democracies worldwide, must have a say in the decision-making of their country, and a referendum is what makes this possible,” the organizers of the petition stated.