Abdulrahman A. Abdulrauf
Deputy President of the Senate and Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution, Senator Ike Ekweremadu is to speak on “Constitution Amendment in an Emerging Democracy: The Nigerian Experience” at the Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, the United States of America.
A statement by his Special Adviser (Media) Uche Anichukwu yesterday said the event, which holds on Monday, April 14, 2014 is at the instance of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, SAIS based in Washington.
A letter by the Director of African Studies Programme, Prof. Peter Lewis, said it was in line with SAIS’ tradition of hosting “prominent speakers, including heads of state, governors, cabinet ministers, and prominent public intellectuals from across the globe.”
The university hinged its invitation to Ekweremadu on his role as a member of the Senate leadership and the Chairman of the Senate Committee on the Review of the Review of the 1999 Constitution. The letter says that Ekweremadu’s “prominent role as a leader of the Senate in Nigeria will undoubtedly prompt a very interested audience of students, policymakers, private sector participants and the NGO community in Washington DC.”
The deputy senate president had spearheaded the first successful amendment of the 1999 Constitution after several failed attempts.
He has so far presented over nineteen public lectures and papers within and outside the African continent mainly on the themes of democracy, good governance, federalism, and constitution making.