Professor Ben Nwabueze
The call for a sovereign national conference to determine the basis and terms of continued co-existence of the various geo-political zones in the country resounded yesterday in Lagos as eminent Nigerians led by Professor Ben Nwabueze under the auspices of Project Nigeria said failure to convene a national conference before the 2015 elections will cause disaster, anarchy and spell doom for Nigeria.
Calling on various civil societies to press the National Assembly and Presidency to immediately convene the national conference, Nwabueze said: “There is need for various movement, groups and society organisations to press the National Assembly and Presidency to quickly convene a conference where the groups will meet with the President and National Assembly to submit a memorandum which will be accompanied by a draft bill that will cover all the aspects of the constitution.”
The group also expressed the fears that Nigeria may become a failed state if good governance and accountability do not take place soonest in Nigeria.
Nwabueze said for Nigeria to move forward, there is absolute need for good governance, justice, equal treatment of citizens of various ethnic groups, observation of rule of law, transparency and accountability, free and fair elections.
“Our meeting here today is to affirm our commitment to one Nigeria and indivisibility among ethnic groups. We believe from now to generations to come, this country should remain one nation but government must convene a national conference with immediate effect to discuss national issues that affects each ethnic group in Nigeria,” he said.
“There is need to prepare the peoples constitution which will enable people of Nigeria of every ethnic groups, civil societies to deliberate and agree on the conditions they intend to live together.”
According to Nwabueze, “The peoples constitution will comprise of justice, peace, development, progress for all Nigerians that will also promote nation building.”
The meeting was attended by eminent Nigerians including Alhaji Maitama Sule, Sen Alex Ibru, Prince Bola Ajibola, Mike Ozhekome, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief Philip Asiodu, Bola Kuforiji Olubi, Gen Alani Akinrinade, Prof Pat Utomi, Solomon Asemota, Ganiat Fawehinmi, Shettima Yerima.