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Jang Urges National Assembly to Suspend Constitutional Amendment Till after National Dialogue

Plateau State Governor, Chief Jonah Jang, has urged the National Assembly to suspend amending the constitution until the proposed national dialogue has been done and its outcome duly certified. The governor, at a valedictory session yesterday in Jos, for the retired of state Chief Judge, Justice Lazarus Dakyen, also asked that the national dialogue should discuss issues without restrictions and the report be subjected to a referendum. He said: “I personally support President Goodluck Jonathan’s national dialogue, but would wish that there be no no-go areas and the outcome be subjected to a referendum by the citizens of Nigeria. “Indeed, I call on the National Assembly to suspend further efforts at amending the constitution and await the outcome of the national dialogue.” Expressing the wish that the outcome of the national dialogue would not be dumped on the shelf, Jang urged the National Assembly not to oppose a national referendum as it was the only way the constitution could truly be the ‘property’ of Nigerians. Jang, after the valedictory session, left for the Government House, where he swore in Justice Pius Damulak as the acting chief judge. He charged him to speed up trials and avoid anything that could bring about delay in justice. “I urge your lordship to ensure that litigations, particularly criminal trials, are fast tracked”, the governor told the new chief justice, adding that “a situation whereby criminal trials take years defeats justice.” The governor said he gave the charge bearing in mind that ‘justice delayed is justice denied.’

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