2023: Drop amendments, give Nigerians new structure — Southern, middle-belt leaders

2023: Drop amendments, give Nigerians new structure — Southern, middle-belt leaders 2…Demand new structure primarily based on 1963 structure

…Warn Nigeria’ll die if not restructured

…Insist Presidency ought to go to South in 2023lAdds FG’s angle to Southern Governors’ Asaba Resolutions cavalier

…Condoles with households of Attahiru, 10 others

By Henry Umoru

The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, yesterday, insisted that what the nation wants urgently is a brand new structure and never an modification to the present one.

The Forum described the present try to amend the 1999 Constitution by the National Assembly as fraudulent.

The leaders additionally warned that failure to restructure the nation may result in the Nigeria’s disintegration.

The SMBLF, which contains the Pan Niger Delta Forum, PANDEF; the pan-Yoruba socio-political orgnisation, Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and the Middle-Belt Forum met on the Ladi Kwali Hall of Sheraton Hotels and Towers in Abuja.

Notable leaders current have been Chief Edwin Clark, (Leader), Chief Ayo Adebanjo (Afenifere chief), Professor George Obiozor (Ohanaeze Ndigbo chief) and Dr. Bitrus Pogu (Middle Belt Forum chief).

Others have been Senator Emmanuel Essien, Ambassador Godknows Igali, Air Commodore Dan Suleiman, retd, Senator Bassey Ewa-Henshaw, Professor ABC Nwosu, Chief Cornelius Adebayo, Ambassador Dubem Onyia, Chief Guy Ikokwu and Senator Kofo Bucknor-Akerele, amongst others.

Nigeria’ll die if not restructured — Clark

In his opening remarks, Chief Clark burdened the pressing have to restructure the nation, saying with out restructuring, the nation can’t go anyplace.

He additionally insisted that solely a very new structure framed by the folks will save Nigeria.

His phrases: “We are Nigerians earlier than we’re both Yoruba or Igbo. The objective of this assembly could be very clear. Where are we going to? There is a necessity for us to state once more clearly our place.

“Mr. President will not be an emperor, he isn’t a king, he isn’t a monarch, and he’s a politician. This nation belongs to all of us. The North alone can’t rule this nation; the South alone can’t rule this nation.

“We are operating a Constitution the place the Nigerian President is probably the most highly effective on the planet.

“What the National Assembly is doing is fraudulent. They spend N1 billion each time; nothing will come out of it. We need a model new Constitution primarily based on the 1963 Constitution. I’ve no confidence within the Constitution; we now have no confidence within the Constitution. What are you amending? Nigeria must be restructured to a federal system of presidency. One of our main goals is that we should restructure Nigeria. If we don’t restructure, Nigeria will die. So, the reply will not be secession, it isn’t break up, it isn’t separatism. Who understands it greater than me?

“Restructuring must be the order of the day. We should restructure. We should not shut our eyes to what’s taking place on this nation. We don’t need to be manipulated. We are able to have the subsequent president. We need to restructure; we would like zoning to proceed. It is standard.

“Even although zoning will not be a part of our Constitution, it’s standard. Let them zone it to the South.

“The South must be able to have the subsequent president. Without that, there isn’t any Nigeria.

“So, the aim of this assembly is: we would like restructuring of Nigeria if Nigeria should proceed. We need zoning to proceed, it’s standard. When the Constitution didn’t present a succession when Yar’Adua was in poor health, a conference was adopted.

“Even although zoning will not be a part of our nationwide Constitution or social gathering Constitution, it has been an accepted conference that may maintain this nation collectively.

“So if you do not zone this country, we are going nowhere. I invite you to the intention of this group to intensify the restructuring of this country to see that the presidency goes to the south.”

We insist on a brand new Constitution— SMBLF

In a communiqué learn on the finish of the assembly, the group known as on President Muhammadu Buhari to hearken to the real and cheap nationwide requires a clear National Dialogue.

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The communiqué, signed by Clark, Adebanjo, Obiozor, Bitrus and Essien, learn: “An expanded assembly of the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum (SMBLF), held on Sunday, May 30, 2021, on the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja.

“The assembly, chaired by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark, had in attendance leaders of varied socio-cultural organizations as follows: Afenifere, for the South-West; Ohanaeze Ndigbo for the South-East; Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), for the South-South and the Middle Belt Forum (MBF), for the Middle Belt.

“The assembly exhaustively mentioned varied points in regards to the state of affairs within the nation, notably, bordering on safety, nationwide dialogue, restructuring, and the preparations for the 2023 normal elections.

“The assembly urges the Federal Government to heed the real and cheap nationwide requires a clear National Dialogue, and take pressing steps in the direction of restructuring and birthing a brand new structure; to carry again equitable concord to the nation. “We insist that it’s crucial to instantly restructure the nation, contemplating the precarious prevailing ambiance earlier than any additional elections.

“The assembly reminds all main political events, particularly the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, and different political events, that the idea of any viable democracy, particularly in a various and complicated nation resembling Nigeria, rests in truthful and even sharing of energy.

Presidency should return South

“It additionally notes that the Northern a part of the nation would have absolutely loved the Presidency for the complete statutory interval of eight years by 2023, therefore, ought to yield to the South;

“Therefore, the assembly unequivocally and in full resolve, calls on the APC and PDP and different political events to zone the Presidency, in 2023 to the South; on the subsequent election.

“We enjoin political stakeholders from the South to not be lured into the unpatriotic step of searching for such different positions as National Chairmen and Vice President of the primary political events, however be part of forces to demand and make sure that the Presidency strikes to the South in 2023.

“We name on the Federal Government to declare a nationwide emergency on safety and urgently give you proactive methods to revive peace and safety to all components of the nation;

“The assembly emphasised that if the safety state of affairs will not be handled and banditry stopped or lowered to the barest minimal, it will not be possible to have correct elections in 2023;

“We condemn the cavalier angle of the Federal Government in the direction of the resolutions of the Governors of Southern States at their Meeting, held in Asaba, Delta State on eleventh May 2021; because it pertains to ban on open grazing and restructuring.

“We insist that cattle rearing is a normal, non-public enterprise enterprise, as such, the Federal Government ought to keep away from committing state assets to advertise any explicit enterprise, past offering the enabling surroundings, within the efficiency of its regulatory roles;

“Extends condolences to the households of the late Chief of Army Staff, Lt. General Ibrahim Attahiru, and 10 different navy personnel, who died within the unlucky navy aircraft crash on May 21, 2021, and calls on the navy authorities to hold out an intensive investigation to determine the precise reason for the crash.

“The assembly reaffirms its dedication to the unity of Nigeria, however should solely be sustained on the rules of fairness, equity and justice.

“The meeting was held in an atmosphere of peace and collective commitment to the decisions.”

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