Senator Emmanuel Onwe
By Chuks Okocha
A new group, known as the G-37, with members comprising politicians, professionals and businessmen, yesterday called on other Nigerians to join the group to chart a new path for Nigeria.
The group in a statement Sunday by the Chairman of the Publicity Committee, Senator Emmanuel Onwe, explained that the forum would afford members to sit together and discuss national issues, forge national unity and cohesion.
According to Onwe, the clarification has become necessary to avoid misrepresentations.
“We have created a strong platform where Nigerians from every part of the country and from all the various political divide can sit together and discuss national issues, forge national unity and cohesion and help our country to move forward.
“Every state of our country is well represented in the group and we are not affiliated to any political party even though most of our members are playing a leading role in all the major political parties that exist in Nigeria today.”
He said it was not the intention of the group to form a new political party and neither did it ever discuss or deliberate about the single term agenda during its last meeting.
The statement said the mission statement of the group would soon be released and new leaders elected to lead to replace the present leadership, which is an interim arrangement.
“We intend to make our input to national development in a very unique and innovative way and we will discuss and make appropriate comments on various national issues from time to time when we see fit. We have had numerous meetings in the last few months and judging from the increased attendance at each of them and the massive interest that has been shown in the group by leaders and people from all over the country, we shall surely flourish and go from strength to strength," the statement added.
“We consider what we are doing as being vital to the development of our nation and we call on the finest and most brilliant minds in the land to join us and make their own input to the restoration and development of our great country. Our doors are open to all and our primary mission is to join our efforts with others from across party lines to move Nigeria forward,” Onwe said.
THISDAY gathered that those that attended the last meeting of the new group include, former governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, Senator Gbemisola Saraki, who is vice chairman of the group; Chief Akin Osuntokun, the secretary; former chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mallam Nuhu Ribadu; former Petroleum Minister, Mr. Odein Ajumogobia (SAN); Nigeria's former High Commissioner to Ghana, Ambassador Musiliu Obanikoro and former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode.