Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu
Former Lagos State Governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said Friday that Nigerians must sit down and talk, warning President Goodluck Jonathan that the country is drifting.
Tinubu was speaking against the backdrop of renewed agitation for the convocation of a national conference in the country to discuss the nation’s problems.
President Jonathan must urgently organise a genuine dialogue to halt Nigeria from drifting and save the country, he said.
The Action Congress of Nigeria National Leader spoke in Ilesa, Osun State after he was conferred with the Muslim title of Agba-Akin Adinni of Ijesaland.
"Nigerians must sit down round a table and talk," Tinubu said, adding that, "Nigerians have the right to demand for another constitution. To insist otherwise is not to serve the cause of justice and fairness."
President Jonathan has advised those agitating for a national conference to avail themselves of the opportunity of the Justice Belgore Committee.
He said the committee was set up to bring up all those issues which have been agreed upon at previous national conferences for presentation as bills to the National Assembly and subsequent passage into law, while a larger body will meet and on issues that are still controversial for a national consensus.
Tinubu said the president must realise that the will of one man, even if he is the president of the country cannot trump the collective will of the people and that is, he added, to restructure the Nigerian federation for productivity and development.
He maintained that if the president was thinking a national conference could break up Nigeria, he could be mistaken as it appeared Nigerians had resolved to stay together, though under new terms that would deepen democracy, spread development and promote prosperity.
"We have decided to stay united. We are joined at the hip," he said.