For the avoidance of doubt, the battle around so-called fuel subsidy, reignited by the recommendation of the committee on public finance of the National Conference 2014, is in reality a battle over several
“The Niger Delta people are still willing, ready and capable of bringing the Nigeria economy to its knees.”
In some climes, humanity and development mean everything. But in ours, politics and religion has replaced everything.
As the National Conference goes into committee work this week, one of the key issues that will be before it is that of return to regionalism similar to what we had in the First Republic.
Other delegates demand true federalism. The Chairman of the defunct Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, Femi Okurounmu, has advocated for the scrapping of the presidential system of government in Nigeria, saying the system is a breeder of corruption.
“People in Nigeria are suffering together. All the rich men that are enjoying are enjoying together. You may think they are quarreling. They know where they meet.”
It was not for nothing that President Goodluck Jonathan at the inauguration of the national conference this month, urged delegates at the conference not to venture into areas that would put the unity of the country in jeopardy, but focus on areas that would foster peaceful coexistence and mutual trust among its people.