Mr Mark said he will back a national conference if certain conditions are met.
Some lawyers on Sunday said the endorsement of a national conference by Senate President, David Mark, was a realisation that the challenges facing the country needed to be discussed.
In interviews with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, the lawyers said it was important a national conference was convened in order for the country to remain a single, peaceful entity.
Onyekachi Ubani, chairman, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Ikeja branch, said Nigeria stood to gain by organising a talk where the questions of the ethnic nationalities staying together will be honestly and unemotionally discussed.
“If the ethnic nationalities agree to stay together, then the terms and conditions for staying together will be openly discussed and agreed upon,” Mr Ubani said.
He said the people remained the only ones capable of deciding whether to stay together or not, and how.
Mr Ubani suggested that the conference be convened before another general elections, to avert conflicts and unnecessary bloodshed.
“The decision to stay together as one united nation must be made by the people themselves, so that they will appreciate why they are staying together and will surely respect it,” he said.
Another lawyer, Ogedi Ogu, however said that the endorsement by the Senate President did not, and could not in any way, translate to the National Assembly accepting the call by some Nigerians to convene a national conference.
He said that what the Senate President did was to voice his personal wish, or rather, an acceptance of the realisation that Nigerians needed to seat together and discuss on the future of the country.
“To be fair to Nigerians, I do not see the National Assembly, as it is presently constituted, endorsing same, because it will amount to having two parallel bodies altogether.
“The argument is still ripe, yes, whatever a National Conference was to achieve could still be achieved by the National Assembly, if they are committed to a better Nigeria.
“After all, both amount to the different ethnic groups sending their representatives to the conference,” he said.
He urged the Senate President, in all honesty, to move a motion or a bill adopting same on the floor of the senate, if he felt it would be acceptable.
“Gone are the days that someone goes to the pages of newspapers to support an act without meaning an ounce of it.
“He (Mark) should align himself with the people by initiating its effects, processes and actualisation, before his tenure ends,” Mr Ogu said.
He noted, however, that a national conference could be the needed end to most of the current rot in the Nigerian society.
Another lawyer, Spurgeon Ataene, said that convening a national conference was urgent and imperative, if the country was to remain a stable entity.
“If we have to remain an entity, be stronger and more prosperous, we must sit and talk, bearing in mind that there is a legitimate government in place,” Mr Ataene said.
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