Worried by civil strife and ethnic violence in Nigeria, kidnapping across the country, a frontline political pressure group, the National Consultative Front, (NCFront), says it has concluded arrangements to convoke what they termed: the ‘People’s National Conference‘.
The NCFront is coordinated by Prof. Pat Utomi, former Speaker, House of Representatives, Ghali Umar Na’abba; former President of Nigeria Bar Association, NBA, Olisa Agbakoba, (SAN); Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed; and Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, Dr. Obadiah Mailafia, Chidi Odinkalu, amongst others.
The group’s leaders said that the Peoples Constituent Assembly is slated to hold May this where Nigerians will converge, brainstorm on these burning issues, with a view to coming up with workable solutions.
According to the NCFront’s ‘Leaders of Conscience’, the Conference has become very imperative because, according to them, they are disappointed by the Federal Government’s inability and failure to douse the heightening ethnic violence and civil strife in the country.
They resolved that the proposed People’s Constituent Assembly for Nigeria, scheduled to hold in May, would among others, curb the degenerating ethnic strife and looming civil anarchy in Nigeria
To achieve this, they said that they shall consult with former Federal Commissioner for Information and South-South Leader, Chief Edwin Clark; former, Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, (ABU), Zaria, Prof. Ango Abdullahi; Professor Woke Soyinka; Ahmed Joda; Prof. Ben Nwabueze; Air Cmdre Dan Suleiman, (rtd); former Secrerary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; State Governors, amongst others on the modalities of the People’s National Conference.
Part of the statement issued yesterday by NCFront’s National Secretary, Olawale Okunniyi read: “Worried by the heightening ethnic violence, civil strife and looming anarchy in the country, the leadership of the NCFront has set up a national consensus committee to immediately work out inclusive agreements among key leaders of thought and eminent political icons in the country on how to convoke an independent citizens’ driven pan Nigerian constitutional conference of ethnic nationalities, indigenous peoples and various civil society interests in Nigeria by May 1st 2021 to prevent an impeding civil war in the country.
“This historical intervention of the NCFront has become unavoidable as it has become crystal clear to all Nigerian stakeholders and the leadership of our Front that the present Governments in Nigeria have become helpless, incapacitated and have lost initiative in dealing with the looming anarchy in the country, as ethnic violence, civil and religious strife in the country have now grown from worse to worst-ever in the annals of Nigeria”.
“This Peoples-driven Constitutional dialogue of the NCFront shall be expected to produce a draft People’s Constitution for Nigeria by 1st October, 2022 and shall be expected to serve as the constitutional template upon which the next elections in Nigeria shall be conducted”, it stated.