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2014 Confab Report sufficient for Nigeria’s restructuring- CF

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 Babatunde Opalana 

A socio-political group, Core Federalists has called on the Buhari administration to sincerely yield to calls for the restructuring of the country by embracing, analysing and adopting as working document, the report of the 2014 National Conference if it truly wants to find lasting solutions to the emerging challenges of the Nigerian-state.

The group in a communiqué issued and signed by Yinka Odumakin, Ambassadors Umunna Orjiako and Ozo Nwobu,  at the end of a meeting held last week noted that the trend of multiplicity of self-determination agitations is inimical to the continued existence of the country as an entity.

Recognize  that the first step towards restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,  is the harmonization, aggregation and articulation of the various trajectories and variations of the conceptualization of the phrase “Restructuring” Core Federalists acknowledged that “the Report of the 2014 National Conference has captured most of the ingredients of the views currently being expressed by various political actors and platforms.”

The group proposed “that the incumbent Federal Government of Nigeria do rise up to the occasion and stem the tide of the negative trend, which has the potentials of exacerbating into violent conflicts and another civil war by (a) Implement Restructuring as noted in the APC Manifesto on which they campaigned and won the 2015 Election; using the Report of the 2014 National Conference Report as source document; (b) Formally (re)avail the National Assembly, State Governments and State Houses of Assembly copies of the Report of the 2014 National Conference to commence the implementation of clauses localized to their jurisdictions; and (c) develop and commence the processes of Restructuring with a time frame expiring not later than May 2018 to ensure that the 2019 General Elections would be on the basis of a truly Federal Constitution .”

Stressing  that the interests of all the ethnocultural groups are best secured and served within the continued existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; it emphasized that the federal system must, however, be functional rooted in mutually benefiting and agreeable systems and structures including devolution of powers from the current federal center along with fiscal and revenue control discourses.

It as well suggested the clear definition and delineation of the geopolitical spaces constituting the federating units of the restructured Nigeria in a manner that would allay the fears of all stakeholders in the Nigerian project.

While it request that well-articulated advocacy and mobilization efforts be extended to other stakeholders such as Traditional and Religious Leaders on the benefits of the sustainability of the Nigerian-nation, the group also encouraged accord partnerships of political actors, entrepreneurs, academics, religious and traditional leaders with reach and linkages across the ethnic groups or geopolitical zones to network and build viable bridges aimed at contributing to the sustainability of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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