2014 National Conference Report Holds Solution To Nigeria's Unity - Ike Nwachukwu
There have been agitations for the restructuring of Nigeria and the demand has not ended.
It always finds its way into discussions at every political and social gathering and a retired Major General Ike Nwachukwu, believes the 2014 National Conference report has addressed this issue.
To this end, he wants the Federal Government to implement the 2014 National Conference report, saying it addressed issues of restructuring in the country.
He made this known at the retreat of Southern Senators’ Forum in Calabar on Saturday.
Nigeria spent billions to put citizens together to hold talks and reach agreements on several issues, and the money and time spent by some 492 individuals seems to have been thrown away.
Nwachukwu believes it will be injustice to Nigeria not to have recommendations of the report implemented in view of its relevance to the call for restructuring.
“I had the privilege in 2005 of serving as a member of former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Political Reform Conference and it rolled into 2014 National Conference.
“I will dare to say that the amount of work put into the 2014 conference, of course, building on the outcome of the 2005 conference, produced a fantastic report.
“It will be total injustice to Nigeria if the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference are jettisoned.
“Most of what we are talking about today were raised there, and after several weeks of grinding discussions, the report was drafted.
“I recommend it to the Nigerian legislature to take a look at and use in finding solution to our present problems,” he said.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari could make history by heeding to the call of the people to implement the report.
“I want to say to my senior colleague, President Muhammadu Buhari, that he has a fantastic opportunity in history.
"He has the privilege to call a meeting of well-meaning Nigerians to take a look at the report to be able to set our country on a new path of unity, trust and better understanding.
"We have a country with less ethnicism, less religiousity and we can build a country we all will want to live in.
"I often wonder that if I get called by God, what I would say that I have bequeathed to Nigeria.
"Here is the opportunity to bequeath to the generation coming after us a country on the path of unity, better understanding and love for one another,’’ he added.