Anarchy looms, eminent Nigerians warn Jonathan

A group of eminent Nigerians yesterday warned that the country is heading towards failure.
The group, Project Nigeria, which has former Nigeria’s permanent representative to the United Nations (UN), Alhaji Maitama Sule and leading constitutional lawyer, Prof. Ben Nwabueze, as co-chairmen, at a meeting in Lagos, urged immediate action by the Federal Government to arrest the degeneration of things in the country and ensure the delivery of the requirements of good governance.

Alhaji Maitama Sule

It warned President Goodluck Jonathan against proceeding with the 2015 elections without first convoking a sovereign national conference to address the many imbalances in the 1999 constitution.

The group affirmed its faith in and commitment to one indivisible, strong and prosperous Nigeria, but appealed to the political class to share in this commitment so that the country can exist forever.

“We are not a group of people who want to break up the country contrary to whatever you might have heard or read out there. Rather we are committed to the unity of this country and we want all Nigerians, especially the political class, to share this commitment,” the group said in a communiqué at the end of the meeting on the state of the nation.

It emphasised the need for good governance along with its basic requirements in our country, saying: “These basic requirements include justice to all, equal treatment for all, freedom of the individual, transparency and accountability, free, fair and credible elections as well as the security and safety of the people and state.

“The security of the social and economic rights of the people as established in Chapter 2 of our constitution is also one of such requirements.”

Explaining its call for the convocation of a national conference before the 2015 general election, the group said it is to “enable Nigerians as members of ethnic groups, civil society organizations and even as individuals, to be able to deliberate and agree on how and on what terms they intend to co-exist.”

“It is for the people to deliberate on and adopt a constitution that can serve as the supreme laws of the land. This is to be done through a referendum so as to endure justice, peace and progress of this country.

“In other to achieve these, we will make sure the conference is truly representative of the populace. It will take into consideration all interests and it will not ignore any section of the polity,” the group said.

The eminent citizens present at the meeting however said avoidable disaster and anarchy will be the lot of the country should the President ignore the call for the convocation of the conference before the general election.
Among other members of the group present at the meeting were Olorogun Felix Ibru, Gen. Alani Akinrinade, Chief Phillip Asiodu, Chief (Mrs.) Bola Kuforiji-Olubi, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Prince Bola Ajibola, Prof. Pat Utomi, Mrs. Ganiat Fawehinmi and Mike Ozekhome.

The Nation

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