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.
“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.
For better or for worse, whether we are conscious of it or not, the recently inaugurated National Conference is and has become a very hotly contested political process and institution, a theater of increasingly intense overt Class [Political] Struggle.
Introduction Nigeria’s 2014 National Conference began in earnest in Abuja on Monday, March 17, and the jostlings, posturings and hectorings of and between delegates are already with us.
Over last weekend, we commiserated in shock, with the families of 16 Nigerians killed as people paid an estimated N6billion naira for 125,000 applications for 4500 jobs offered by the Nigerian Immigration service.
The primary duty of the Sovereign National Conference is to address and find solutions to the key problems afflicting Nigeria since 1914 to date.