Governor Simon Lalong of Plateau State has decried the constant agitation for the amendment to the Nigerian constitution, saying citizens’ attitude was affecting the smooth operation of the document.
Lalong spoke in Jos on Monday at the opening of the 2019 Law Week of the Nigeria Bar Association, Jos branch.
The governor noted that, whereas the American system was based on pure federalism where the federating units enjoy wide autonomy from the Central Government, the Nigerian federalism was pseudo-federal and more of a unitary arrangement in real terms.
He, however, said despite the differences in the practice of the two constitutions, Nigerians, particularly legal professionals and the elite, must continue to be patient until the country was able to make governance seamless and effective.
Lalong said, “I make bold to submit that whatever the provisions of the constitution, it is our attitude and level of patriotism that will make it work.
“Let us do all that is necessary to allow the rule of law prevail. Only then can the constitution has any impact on the lives of the citizens.”
The governor assured the lawyers that his government remained committed to providing a conducive environment for them and judges to operate.