Eminent Nigerian leaders of thought who met on Monday and Tuesday this week in Lagos to mull over the need for a sovereign national conference have identified “clueless leadership of state institutions and processes across board and defective structure of the Nigerian Federalism, backed by a flawed constitution” as some of the major problems militating against the development of the country.
The observation was made as part of a communiqué of the group signed by the Executive Secretary of the National Summit group, Tony Uranta.
The group also observed that the country is currently facing serious challenges which, if not urgently addressed, are capable of leading the country to total disintegration. These challenges according to the group include systemic corruption, Insecurity of lives and properties, poverty and infrastructural deficiencies and lack of credible electoral process.
The group of eminent leaders also observed that “the deteriorating state of insecurity, especially in recent times, calls for more urgent attention as it is capable of leading to violent and unprecedented collapse of the Nigerian state if not dealt with firmly and decisively”.
The group condemned the incessant killing of innocent Nigerians in different parts of the country, and stated that the ultimate aim of the session is to convene a sovereign national conference that will give birth to a new constitution.
“The ultimate goal of the dialogue should be the convocation of a peoples’ national conference of the constituent units of the country that will give birth to a truly peoples Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
As part of the modalities to achieve its aim, the group says sessions such as the one held in Lagos will be replicated in all the six geo-political zones of the country, while a grand finale will be held in Abuja.