Nigeria’s frontline politician and elder statesman, Dr. Tunji Braithwaite is dead.
Dr. Braithwaite bade the world goodbye early Monday morning at the age of 82 years at St. Nicholas Hospital, Lagos.
Braithwaite will be remembered for many activities around the political space in Nigeria, especially his political party, the Nigerian Advance Party (NAP), which he founded in the second republic and his repeated call for sovereign National Conference (SNC).
He was a delegate at the 2014 National Conference, canvassed for a Confederal Constitution to replace the 1999 Constitution.
Braithwaite described the 1999 Constitution as Decree 24 which was presently destroying Nigeria and Nigerians, stressed that it should be thrown out and be replaced with either a Confederal constitution, with Nigeria operating con-federalism or a very loose federation.
Also, the deceased political actor disagreed with former President Goodluck Jonathan on 100 years celebration, saying that the President got it wrong as Nigeria was only 54 years old, adding that Nigeria was still work in progress.
He said: “Let the word go forth that there are a number of brave, honest nationalistic persons in this Conference that, hopefully would be able to reconstruct Nigeria in a way that the blessings, peace and prosperity rightly deserved by the peoples of this country would be guaranteed by a New Confederal Constitution.
Development conference ”The existing six geopolitical zones are uniquely different developmental problems for which a single ‘’one-size-fits-all ‘solution can never work in the reality of Nigeria’s diversity.
The present 1999 Constitution or Decree 24 is enforcing a country that is destroying its own people, and should be rejected outright.
”This Conference must therefore be as much a development conference as a constitutional one. It is our firm conviction that only a Confederal Constitution or a very loose federation is best suited for Nigeria. I say this because I know that no part of Nigeria is desert.”