Nigeria: We, the people
As dates go, 10 November 2012 may not have a place in our political history, but it was the day the House of Representatives held simultaneous peoples’ public sessions in Nigeria’s 360 federal constituencies – they all started at 10am. People offered their views on amendments to the Constitution, the only time the people have had a say in the making of the document that governs us. On 24 July, 2013, the House of Representatives voted in tandem with the people, another landmark of the amendments.
The House Ad-hoc Committee on Constitution Amendment that Emeka Ihedioha, the Deputy Speaker, led, by engaging the people deepened participatory democracy which has been a slogan since independence.