National Conference report capable of ending corruption – Member

Prof . Samuel Aluko

A member of the just-concluded National Conference and a rights activist, Steve Aluko, has said the report of the conference presented to the Federal Government if fully implemented, is capable of ending corruption and marginalisation in Nigeria.

Mr. Aluko, who represented civil societies at the conference, stated this on Monday in Jos during an interaction with journalists, on challenges and gains of the conference to Nigerians.

He stressed that the recommendations should not be left in the hands of the National Assembly.

He urged President Goodluck Jonathan to implement the report as part of good governance so that the resources used for the conference would not be in vain.

“If the recommendations of the conference are judiciously implemented, the issues of marginalisation, corruption, and insecurity will become history in the country,” he said.

He however expressed dismay over the inability of Nigeria’s past leaders to implement certain reports that were meant to shape good governance and also address issues of corruption and marginalisation in the country.

Mr. Aluko advocated the recommendations be subjected to a referendum to enable Nigerians agree on it before it is implemented, saying that would add more value to the national document.

He disclosed that some prominent Nigerians had lobbied most delegates to water down some of the recommendations particularly on “immunity clause.”

Mr. Aluko, however, noted that members of the conference stood their ground to ensure that the right thing was done.

Speaking on the increasing insecurity in Nigeria, the activist noted with concern that, “insecurity became so prominent in the North East due to lack of federal government’s presence.”

On agitation for state creation, Mr. Aluko said the conference received over 52 memos from communities across Nigeria seeking to be separated from present states, but the conference recommended creation of only 19 states to be added to the existing ones.

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