Prof. Ben Nwabueze
The leaders of Project Nigeria on Sunday rose from their ongoing national consultation in Lagos on the state of nation with a renewed resolve to mobilise key leaders of thought across the six geo-political zones into a major national movement against corruption and insecurity in the country.
The leaders, who met for two and half hours behind closed doors, said the parley was held as a tactical interface between Prof. Ben Nwabueze and Alhaji Yusuf Maitama Sule; arrowheads of the new political initiative, following an initial consultation hosted by Mallam Adamu Ciroma to explore enduring panacea to the worrying state of the country at the Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja on November 20.
According to the National Secretary of the group, Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, the elder statesmen again expressed their deep worry and disappointment at the turn of events in the country and resolved to mobilise Nigerians across board against chronic poverty, rapacious corruption, self-inflicted insecurity and instability in the country.
Okunniyi said the meeting, which was a prelude to a major national convergence of Project Nigeria in January 2013, also resolved to consult further with Northern Elders Forum, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), labour unions and southern leaders among others how best to bring about national consensus on the stability and harmony of the country.
He said the leaders also restated their faith and support for the Adamu Ciroma-led Committee on National Unity set up in Abuja on November 20, 2012 to help fashion understanding and consensus between the South and the North on the modus operandi of Project Nigeria and how best to save the country from an imminent collapse.
According to Okuniyi, “Maitama Sule at the parley restated the support of the Northern Elders Forum, which he chairs for the initiative to save Nigeria. Some of those who witnessed the meeting of the elder-statesmen are Alhaji Shetimah Yerima, Dr Tunji Abayomi and key leaders of the Arewa Community in Lagos, who came to the venue of the meeting hosted by Prof. Ben Nwabueze, in large numbers.
“Other leaders of Project Nigeria includes Chief Audu Ogbeh, who chaired the Port Harcourt consultation of the group, Dr Tunji Braithwaite, Prof Jubril Aminu, Dr Iyorchia Ayu, Prince Tony Momoh, Prof Pat Utomi, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, Prof Ango Abdullahi, Chief Victor Attah, Prof Kinse Okoko, Senator Felix Ibru as well as key leaders of the Patriots, PRONACO, labour unions and civil societies, among others.”