photo credit yacore.org

photo credit yacore.org

 It was the first constitution that was not written from the deliberations of a constitutional conference but via Military fiat as it was clothed with the force of law through Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria Promulgation Decree of 1999.

As at the time of swearing in the president, vice-president, governors and deputy governors on May 29, 1999, none of them had seen the constitution under which they were to assume office and on whose authority they were to govern.

The constitution broke the jinx of 2 unsuccessfully transitions to democratic rule as it had been preceded by two failed attempts at transition from military to democratic government and of course two constitutional conferences held in 1989 and 1995 respectively which had successfully drafted the 1989 and 1995 constitutions before the 1999 Constitution.

The constitution created a more centralized judiciary with the birth of the National Judicial Council (NJC) a Federal body charged with the recommendation, appointment and discipline of judges both at the state and federal level.

Chief Gani Fawehinmi SAN, Nigeria’s foremost radical lawyer and activists had unsuccessfully challenged its constitutionality in its entirety in court for not being written via a constitutional conference.

First Constitution to be ever amended. The Constitution has been successfully amended thrice and is currently undergoing another round of amendment.

The most controversial but most successful and longest serving constitution as under it, there had been three transitions.

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