Implement 2014 National Conference Report, Southern Senators Demand
In 2014 the administration of Goodluck Jonathan gathered some Nigerians from different geo-political zones to deliberate on restructuring that Nigerians had clamoured for at that time.
They were mandated to come up with a report.
That report put together by the 492 delegates, some of them professional bodies' representatives, has not been implemented since the end of the conference that lasted for months.
Now, Southern Senators' Forum wants President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a meeting of the leaderships of the National Assembly, State Houses of Assembly, and governors to brainstorm and commence implementation of the 2014 National Conference report.
The Chairman of the forum, Senator Hope Uzodinma, made the call in a statement he read at the end of a retreat of the organisation in Calabar on Saturday.
The retreat had the theme: “National Unity and Restructuring’’.
According to the chairman, the forum resolved that its members would liaise with their colleagues in the National Assembly to kick-start a legislative process that will ensure the implementation of the report.
The group wants the leadership of the National Assembly to bring up the report for consideration.
The statement read: "After presentation of papers, contributions and general brainstorming, it was resolved that Nigeria and Nigerians have come a long way.
"As such, it has become imperative and in the interest of all to live together as one united family under one indivisible and indissoluble country with justice, equity and fairness.
"While the unity of Nigeria should not and cannot be compromised under any circumstance, it has become apparent that the foundation upon which Nigeria was built at independence in 1960 has been eroded.
"There is a need to return to the original dream of true federalism which was a product of negotiation, compromise and accommodation".
The retreat witnessed presentation of papers from prominent Nigerians on various subject matters, including “Sustaining National Unity in a restructured Nigeria’’.
Others are: “Provisions for National Unity in the 1999 Constitution (Amended), Between the Dreams of pre-Independence Nationalists and Restructuring: A Critical Look at the Past and Present, Imperatives of Restructuring in Multi-Religious Nigeria.