Restructuring: Northern groups ask Nigerian government to implement 2014 National Conference report

Restructuring: Northern groups ask Nigerian government to implement 2014 National Conference report

- A group has advised the federal government to implement the 2014 National Conference report

- The group said implementation of the conference report is the only way forward to a successful restructuring

- The group also said that major decisions on the restructuring of Nigerian cannot be taken by a political party but based on national consensus

A group has urged the federal government to implement the report of the 2014 National Conference convened by former president Goodluck Jonathan.

Conference of National Autonomous Ethnic Communities Development Association (CONAECDA) said restructuring of Nigeria cannot be achieved on the ideas of a political party.

The group said such major decision must be taken based on national consensus.

CONAECDA in a statement signed by its national coordinator, Zuwaqu Kali, the general secretary, Suleman Dauda, and president Ericson Fom, said northern governor must intensify efforts towards the implementation of the content of the conference report.

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The statement said: "We’re concerned about efforts of some categories of people to chart new agenda on the quest for national restructuring.

“These are the positions of the northern State Governors’ Forum and Northern traditional rulers on one hand, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on another hand, and the renewed positions of many other agitators.

“Any position presented by the northern governors and traditional rulers’ committee, if it does not engage properly with our people, will be considered as the opinion of the committee and not of the over 400 ethnic nationalities of the north."

CONAECDA said it believes a common position can be achieved where honest dialogue is allowed.

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The group also said that the opinion of the diverse peoples of the geographical north, cutting across ethnic and religious communities, is sought and respected on their declaration.

“A political party is not the same as the federal government of Nigeria. This is why we consider it needful to make it public and to advise the APC leadership and committee on restructuring to consider their assignment and the outcome to be strictly a party affair, which should be subjected to national scrutiny and consensus.

“It is a dangerous trend to have situations whereby political parties or successive governments jettison the outcome of a national dialogue involving all key stakeholders, such as ethnic nationalities, political parties, religious leaders, civil society, security agencies, and traditional rulers that produced acceptable resolutions simply because they were carried out by different individuals, governments or political parties,” the statement concluded.

PAY ATTENTION: Read the news on Nigeria’s #1 news app earlier reported that the senator representing Kaduna Central Senatorial District Shehu Sani said the committee set up by the APC to deliberate on the restructuring of Nigeria was a fake move by the party.

Sani said the APC was only focused on buying time ahead of 2019 on the issue of restructuring of Nigeria.

The senator also said the 2019 election will overtake the restructuring move while in 2021, the issue will start all over again.

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