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IBB: No Need for Sovereign National Conference

17 Feb 2012

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Former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida

By Aisha Wakaso

Former Military President General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida has thrown his weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan’s statement that there is no need for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), stressing that it will only delay the progress of the nation which already has issues that needs immediate  attention.

Babangida who made this know in an interview with THISDAY at his uphill residence in Minna Thursday, said: “To be honest with you, I don't see a need for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) because we have got people in the National Assembly who were duly elected by the people and duly recognised as the legislative arm of the government so I don't know what the call for this Sovereign National Conference means.”

Speaking further, he said: “I commend the President because he does not share the view of a National Conference and for referring us all back to what had transpired in the past like the justice Belgore's Committee report which came up with recommendations about revenue sharing formula and devolution of power.”

He stated that recommendations from the Justice Alfa Belgore’s Committee report would have proffered solutions to most of the challenges facing the country today but for the committee's derailment with the third term agenda which led to the report been put behind.

He suggested that the Belgore committee should go back to their recommendations at the conference, take out the good recommendations and make them into bills, adding that is how it is done in developed countries.

“Just like the President has stated, it will take a lot of time besides almost everything or rather issues that people are raising now, we have been through them at one conference or the other in the past,” he said.

According to him, since 1966 till date, Nigeria has not progressed in the area of settling issues that borders around the unity of the country saying Nigeria should have gone past this level of same issues coming up when there are problems.

“From 1966 till today, we are still talking about one thing, we should have settled issues by now. In a country of over 160 million people, then you should be sure to get over 160 million opinions in any subject matter and we can't continue like this,” he said.

The former President said Nigeria had survived the civil war to various coups that almost led to the disintegration of the country, where many citizens lost their lives in the process but survived it adding that such mistakes should not be issues of discuss which might further threaten the unity if the country.

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  • Nonsense !!!

    From: Okwute

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria will not go forward until the issue of Citizenship and residence of her peoples are addressed. These weapons of division like state of Origin, Local government area, tribe, religion etc are used as basis for employment, benefits, admission into schools, army, police, navy, air force etc. As long as this persist, then the unit of the country and patriotism will continue to be sacrificed on the altar of expediency.
    A Nigerian will live in Lagos or any other part of Nigeria all his life, pay his taxes, invest in the area, raise his children there and get old there without being a resident of the area. He could vote in the place of residence without being voted for, and much more, and you call that a recipe for unity. That will foster unity only in the land of the lunatics. The Politicians never would want unity in this country. The black man is no good anyway, so forget unity in Nigeria.

    From: Jaduma O. jaduma

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria is a secular state, but when certain group insisted on imbibing Sharia law, there was no complaint. If another group says we want to remain in Nigeria, but need to decide how we can progress at our own pace without being held back some said no. A country where a section prefer to discriminate between a teacher from outside its region or preferred to hire a doctor from Egypt instead of Enugu or Lagos, and IBB is saying Unity is addressed, that is a joke! In the Norteast of United States where I reside, we have a Nigerian Association and we are all well educated. The only Northerner in our midst is from the Middle belt, because the Hausa/Fulani who are educated have no cause to be here. "Most" of the National Assembly members in Nigeria are there for selfish interest. The moment Middle Belters are in support of SNC or NC, the formality will begin. The center must be less attracative

    From: LekeOru

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • away with leaders who speak from both sides of the lip. how will we move forward when a part of the country believes they have more right than the others; when they think it is their exclusive preserve to gover failing which the country must remain ungovernable! while the snc may not necessarily be the way forward; how come none of these leaders in the past took steps to address/implement recommendations made in the past for the unity and even development of the country. I think all these old men should retire. They have nothing to offer.

    From: ochuksy

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • NIGERIA AS AN ENTITY HAS MULTIFARIOUS DISPOSITIONS, ESPECIALLY AS IT CONCERNS HER CULTURAL HERITAGE JUST AS A POPULAR SAYING IN NIGERIA SUGGESTS:UNITY IN CULTURAL DIVERSITY, BUT IT IS QUITE INCREDIBLE TO EXPECT ONENESS AND UNITY IN AN ATMOSPHERE WHERE POLITICAL, ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS SENTIMENTS ARE THE OTHER OF THE DAY. FOR PEACE, UNITY AND TOGETHERNESS TO THRIVE, WE MUST FIRST OF ALL SHARE SAME VISION, MISSION AND BELIEF IN ORDER TO HAVE A COMMON GOAL.UNITY OR PEACE? STILL FAR FETCHED.

    From: YOUNG

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • NO UNITY IN NIGERIA, UNITY IS LONG DEAD IMMETLY AFTER INDEPEDENCE.

    From: VICTOR

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The likes of IBB are never sincere. They hide behind the same old farce to mislead the nation and its leadership. President Jonathan will fare well if he listens to the agitators for the sovereign national conference.

    From: Gbenga Agbaje

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • With opinions such as IBB's. No one needs a Nostradamus to prophesize what future holds in stock for this potentially great country. Given the obvious and cacophonous noise of the centrifugal forces? I 'll rather reserve my comments for now.

    From: Abdul-Rahoof Bello

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Is it a surprise that the President Dr GE Jonathan and the Senate President Rtd Gen Mark of the abandoned property fame, do not wish to have Nigeria as it is currently composed changed, as they are big beneficiary of the disorganised Nigeria. T
    CONCERNED CITIZEN

    From: CONCERNED CITIZEN

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • We want to listen to people who have made posative inpact to the coporate existence of Nigeria not people who made sure that the country was taken 20 years back. Babangida has been one of the most corrupt president Nigeria ever had and will ever have.Nigeria also became deep into vampire state during his time in office as president and after.We want to hear from people with clean record.It is men like Babangida that made sure that past committees and their reports never see the light of the day.So why should we listen to his voice when he knew that the foudation he dug is what people are falling into. We also know that he is a fanatic when he was desparate to cause boko haram in Nigeria by secretly trying to make Nigeria an islamic state.We want to hear from people with intergrity please.

    From: Animonye O

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • IBB is only protecting Northern interest. He knows that National conference will bring about peaceful separation of the country Nigeria to its natural divides. North is drawing the south back - they have become a burden to the development of the south so, let them go after al Sanusi has given them their sharia "Boko haram Bank" .

    From: fidelis

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Absolute trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    From: COSH

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Nigeria did not survive those problems but only pretended to have survived them hence they will continue to rear their ugly heads until resolved. Nigeria will not disintegrate but will emerge stronger after the conference. The fear some people are nursing is that policies they forcibly imposed would be reversed. The reckless creation of states and local governments enshrined in the constitution now constitutes more harm than good.

    From: kozilaw

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • IBB is one of the biggest problems in Nigeria. By the time the wind of change will blow in Nigeria as many that want to stand against it will be blown off with it. Let me ask IBB, GEJ, MARK and others that are in their group, When would you be truthful? at least for once. Nigeria is overdue for serious talk if we must continue to be one. We need NSC now, we want our destiny and that of our future to be determine by us (citizens) and not by the politicians who are busy taken Nigeria and Nigerian in to an ocean of poverty and destruction. Enough is enough.

    From: Olugbolade Benjamin

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • The views of the 'evil genius' is retrogressive to say the least.let us not full our self's any longer,Nigeria is over due for a national discuss.I advocate true federalism,resource control,weak center,state police,national army etc.THESE are some of the fears of the likes of IBB. GOODLUCK MUST DEVIATE FROM BADLUCK.

    From: GRANT

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • ODAGBULUENYI February 17, 2012
    Is it a surprise that the President Dr GE Jonathan and the Senate President Rtd Gen Mark of the abandoned property fame, do not wish to have Nigeria as it is currently composed changed, as they are big beneficiary of the disorganised Nigeria. Their stand is not patriotically motivated but rather an act of selfish self preservation.
    Is it not common logic that if you regionalised Nigeria and weakened the Centre where they are main Dramatis Personae, they will automatically loose their massive authority, relevance and profligacy/squandeamania opportunity which they are currently enjoying, as he that blows the piper dictate the tune. So Nigerians do not be deceived by these unscruplous and self serving people.
    Let me once again add also here that postponement of the SNC is just postponing the evil day and without a shred of doubt a time bomb.

    Another brilliant Writer asked why is Nigerian stakeholders afraid of Dialogue? Do they have a sceleton in their cupboard? Every organisation human or non human require intermittent stock taking appraisal meetings to identify the strong points and weaknessess, so as to draw up ongoing plan to maximise the efficiency or output. Husband and wives of different upbringings do this to succeed. Even Businessess do have stakeholders board meetings to wholestically work out the best modus operandi. You see no matter the way you look at this, we are better of talking to each other than to pretend that all is well even in the face of obvious threats that can no longer be dismissed with a awave of hand. BOKO HARAM is a big menace and cancer facing the nation and going by their modus operandi, they mean what the say and they say what they mean. In as much as I love one Nigeria, it is foolhardy to stay at the spot where one can be killed like a chicken under the pretence of fostering or championing Nigerian UNITY . Only a tree will not move in such circumstances.
    So far neither the so called peoples’ representatives in the NA have been able to stop this wastage of sacrosant life so they should stay out of this and let us the massess that put them there, decide. They have nothing to loose and everything to gain if the status quo remain as it is, therefore and understably enough, most of them will not support the convocation of the SNC purely on selfish grounds, as that could impinge on their ability to steal us to the cleaners. It will no longer be business as usual.
    A note of warning for the santimonious HYPOCRITES and Mr or Mrs NIGERIA, your final and ultimate guiding philosophical principle should be to unite everybody but not at all cost. If it is clear that it is going to be effort in futility, better to part in Peace than to part in PIECES.
    To God be the GLORY!!!
    ODAGBULUENYI
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    From: Odagbuluenyi

    Posted: 2 years ago

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  • Black man is no good anyway, made a mess of all the points you raised Jaduma!

    From: Chukwunedu

    Posted: 2 years ago

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