Olanipekun reveals close encounter with Obasanjo’s anger during call for constitution amendment

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Wole Olanipekun, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, shared an anecdote about an encounter with ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo, revealing that he nearly faced physical altercation for suggesting the amendment of the 1999 Constitution. Olanipekun disclosed this during the convocation lecture at Olabisi Onabanjo University in Ago-Iwoye, Ogun State, held on Wednesday.

Addressing the theme, “Mass Exodus Of Human Capital In Nigeria: An Anatomical Analysis of The Causes and Effects,” Olanipekun asserted that the challenges plaguing the country are rooted in the flawed 1999 Constitution. He criticized the current state of affairs, highlighting the disconnect in federalism, where governors frequent Abuja to meet with directors and deputy directors.

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Expressing the need for a constitution with a humane approach, Olanipekun emphasized the urgency of amending the constitution, despite acknowledging its flaws. He recounted his attempt to convey this message to President Obasanjo in 2022 when he led a delegation from the Nigerian Bar Association. However, he humorously revealed that the former president’s reaction was nearly physical.

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Reflecting on the dire situation in the country, Olanipekun expressed concern that the ongoing violence and challenges might deter Nigerians living abroad from returning. He pointed to instances of Obas in Yorubaland being slain, emphasizing the grim reality faced by those residing abroad who may reconsider coming back to Nigeria due to the prevailing circumstances.

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The senior advocate called for urgent action to address joblessness, a struggling economy, and the need for a revamped system that provides employment opportunities for graduates. He stressed the importance of creating an enabling environment for young people to thrive instead of leaving them to fend for themselves. Olanipekun urged the current leadership, including President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to prioritize restructuring the country to ensure a brighter future for the next generation.

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