A Communiqué Issued At the End of a Civil Society
Analysis of the Draft Constitution as submitted
by the Government of Nigeria.

Organised By the Civil Society Engagement Secretariat to the National Political Reform Conference (NPRC) Held At Chelsea Hotel, Abuja on the 10th of May 2005.

Signed and released for ciculation by  John Moru, Coordinator Civil Society Engagement Secretariat Le Meridien Hotel, Abuja


In recent times in Nigeria, there has been a huge debate concerning what has been termed the "Mysterious" Constitution. While there has been denials by both government and delegates to the national reform conference as to how the draft Constitution was submitted as a conference proceeding, civil society in Nigeria embarked on its review to determine how it has captured many suggestions for reform as presented by several stakeholders in Nigeria.


In an assessment of the draft Constitution at a workshop organized by civil society engagement secretariat to the Nigeria Political Reform Conference, participants observed as follows:


After the review of the draft Constitution participants recommended as follows:


In conclusion, participants observed that civil society must continue to advocate for the removal of the negative aspects of the proposed Constitution to ensure a sustained democratic culture.


John Moru
Civil Society Engagement Secretariat
Le Meridien Hotel, Abuja