From Ayodele Samuel Lagos
The Nigeria National Summit Group (NNSG) has warn that Nigeria may fail if not the process of restructuring it does not commence immediately.
The NNSG rising from an emerging NEC meeting in Lagos, stated that it is a pity that even the National Assembly pretends that Nigerians are bound together in a non-negotiable unity, “when we have very loud secessionist agitations ongoing in at least three of Nigeria’s six zones.”
The group in a communiqué signed by its Executive Secretary, Mr Tony Uranta said
“At this stage in this country’s life, we must stop sticking our heads in the sand, pretending that all is well with Nigeria. We must all agree that there is a need to so RESTRUCTURE Nigeria, that we will have a necessary devolution of powers, fiscal federalism and review of the many unjust laws that hold the country from attaining it’s maximum potentials economically, politically and socially.”
The NNSG Statement pointed out that there’s no need to panic or reinvent the wheel. It recommends that the National Assembly should immediately commence the process of amending the present Constitution, such that future amendments, or creation of a brand new Constitution, must be submitted to a National Referendum by ALL Nigerians; and, let the President send the Report of the 2014 National Conference to the National Assembly, as an Executive Bill for urgent consideration, without delay or histrionics.”
The Summit Group also aver that if all persons elected into offices especially, at the Federal levels resolve to be patriots and nationalists, the legalities regarding restructuring Nigeria can be concluded in much less six working months.
“Should we all choose to let this window pass without our proactively seizing the time”, continued Mr. Uranta, “there may be no Nigeria around, let alone politicians to vie for offices come 2019; we may be a failed state, like Somalia, by then.”
The national group said it will seek urgent audience with both the Presidency and the Leadership of the National Assembly, to advise on the best way forward to ensure Nigeria’s sustainable unity and progress going forward.