Restructuring: Southern Senators demand implementation of 2014 Confab report

Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.
Chambers of the Nigerian Senate used to illustrate the story.

The Southern Senators’ Forum has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a meeting of the leaderships of the National Assembly, state houses of assembly, and governors.

The forum said the meeting would brainstorm on the  implementation of the 2014 National Conference report.

The chairman of the forum, Hope Uzodinma, made the call in a communiqué he read at the end of a retreat of the group in Calabar on Saturday.

The retreat had the theme: “ National Unity and Restructuring’’.

According to the chairman, the forum resolved that its members will liaise with their colleagues in the National Assembly to kick-start a legislative process that will ensure the implementation of the report.

He also said the group urged the leadership of the National Assembly to bring up the report for consideration.

“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,’’ he said.

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. (NAN)


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  • Pluti

    Long Overdue

  • pheliciti

    Very lazy report. Who were the participants and why do they think they need Buhari to kick start constitutional review.
    If the senators truly think it’s Buhari’s job to restructure Nigeria then they are more unserious than previously thought.

  • Justice Equity

    Will baba slow motion ever listen to this patriotic calls,will the Judas Iscariot chameleon children not go back to sabotage and betray this noble course,only time will tell.

  • Yusufu Abdullahi

    Jonathan PDP should have implemented the kangaroo Committee report not APC.

    • Jon

      I am sure this is not what the PARASITIC North wants to hear. The only language they understand is maintain the STATUS QUO. Lazy parasites.

      • Yusufu Abdullahi

        I believe a non Nigerian knows who are PARASITES. You have not added a single word to the discussion but abuse.

  • dami

    That report is dead on arrival…made by appointees and selectees…not the people’s elected representatives.

  • shakara123

    Good Strategy. This is a poison bill designed to force PMB’s hand on the issue. If he refuses, he will be seen as out of touch with reality which will further buttress his failures in the eyes of the public. This refusal will further make him seem uncaring and unreasonable to agitations(i.e. unelectable) because he will be seen as only working for Northern interest in the eyes of other regions. The smart play for PMB is to say Yes and paly for time without committing to adoption of any of the recommendations of the report. But sadly, he will probably say hell no and walk right into their trap. Let us see.

    • Dazmillion

      Buhari will not kick start any process that will equity and fairness which will not favour the northern elite

      • Adam A

        Why didn’t Jonathan implement d conference report that was ready long before he left power ? It was concluded around July 2014; so there was enough time for d implementation if he was sincere

  • shalom

    when was the report written?

  • Simeon

    Idiots. Typical yeye legislators making useless pronouncement. You guys waiting for northern legislators to say yes before you do anything, you will wait forever. Why can some of you just sponsor legislation reforming education, revenue generation and simple restructuring such sa state police, state prison, state resource control and then lobby other interested legislators to vote for them? That is the way legislators are supposed to do their job. Sponsor bills and lobby others to support the bills to become laws.

  • Adam A

    Why didn’t Jonathan implement d conference report that was ready long before he left power ? It was concluded around July 2014; so there was enough time for d implementation if he was sincere.

  • Jon

    I am afraid, this is not what the PARASITIC North wants to hear. The only language they understand is maintain the STATUS QUO. Lazy parasites.

    • Eluba Inas

      The lazy parasites are those that are wailing and wailing. If you are man enough do something about it! Contribute bright ideas that the south can use to free themselves from your imagined shackle.
      Do something, stop wailing.

      • Jon

        That something, is RESTRUCTURE- implementation of 2014 National Conference. Devolution of power to the States. My final suggestion is this: SW, SS, Middle belt and SE should unite and speak with one voice and tell the parasitic North, It is either Restructure or De-amalgamation.

  • Eluba Inas

    Why was the conference report not implemented when PDP was running the government? Why? Why? Why?
    They and their agents can wait until when next they are running the government. The APC will eventually screw things up that is human nature. But, for now we are ok with how they are running the government. Of course they can do better and for that they need constructive criticism.