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Ex-President Jonathan: Why I Didn’t Implement 2014 Confab Report

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan says it is time to implement the report of 2014 national conference which his administration convened.

He said his government could not implement the recommendations of the confab because of time constraint as the 2015 electioneering had reached its peak.

Jonathan spoke in Lagos during the public presentation of a 669-page book, The Dream: Pursuing the Black Renaissance through the Murky Waters of Nigerian Politics, written by Senator Femi Okurounmu.

He praised the institutionalization of the appointment of chairman and members of the Independent National Electoral Commission to give more credibility to elections.

He said most of the problems facing the country would be addressed if 2014 confab report was implemented.

Jonathan said, “I believe the constitutional conference will solve our immediate challenges. My administration was prepared to change the narrative of our constitutional democracy with the assurance that sovereignty belongs to the people.

“However, we were constrained by time. The conference was conducted one year to the end of my tenure.

“We did not have the time; even the National Assembly which ought to have validated the report was busy with political survival. I did not insist on a rushed implementation because my administration did not set out to achieve political popularity but to genuinely advance the course of nation-building.”






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Sagay calls Obasanjo “childish” over letter to Buhari

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An eminent Professor of Law, Itse Sagay (SAN), has branded former president Olusegun Obasanjo “childish and immature”, for making his letter to President Muhammadu Buhari public.

Obasanjo in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, had expressed worry over high level of insecurity in the country.

Sagay, speaking to the Nation, however, agreed with the points raised in it.

“As far as I’m concerned, Obasanjo’s main motive is publicity, the capacity to embarrass the President, and for adulation.

“He sustains a mentality of being superintendent-general of Nigeria and not accepting that he is no longer in power. It’s all part of it.

“What he said could have easily been communicated by phone; the letter could have been delivered privately. I find writing it to the whole country immature and childish. He made a serious point, and then spoilt it by the way he presented it.

“If he had said it quietly to the President, it would have been acceptable. Is he not embarrassed that he’s the only former president doing it? Gowon and Abubakar are there, just to mention two. Even Jonathan, who was defeated by Buhari, is there. It’s too childish and immature. It takes away from the quality and the strength of the message he’s trying to deliver,” he said.

Sagay also urged Buhari to sustain efforts in tackling rising insecurity.

“Is the President not already doing that? Can he be the President and not be concerned? Already, the Vice President has spoken of steps being taken – that the roads are going to be heavily monitored by the Police and soldiers.

“I don’t disagree too much with Obasanjo on substance. It is his style that I disagree with, as well as the so-called conference of ethnic stakeholders. I don’t see its relevance. We’ve held so many other conferences out of which nothing came except mutual abuse and insults.

“I think what the President should do is to sustain a very vigorous onslaught and not rest until the bandits and insurgents are rooted out and Nigeria is made safe again.

“He is already doing it and he must sustain it so that we can be free of this menace to our freedom and peace of mind,” Sagay added.

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We’re still studying Obasanjo’s letter – ACF

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The Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has reacted to the open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Obasanjo in the letter released by his media aide, Kehinde Akinyemi, had expressed worry over high level of insecurity in the country.

He called on the President to take decisive action to prevent the situation from escalating into a full-blown crisis.

According to the letter: “I am very much worried and afraid that we are on the precipice and dangerously reaching a tipping point where it may no longer be possible to hold danger at bay.

“Without being immodest, as a Nigerian who still bears the scar of the Nigerian civil war on my body and with a son who bears the scar of fighting Boko Haram on his body, you can understand, I hope, why I am so concerned.”

Reacting, the ACF said it was still studying the letter and will speak on it soon.

“Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) is studying Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s open letter to President Muhammadu Buhari and will make it’s position known soon,” the National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, told the Nation newspaper.

He did not give further details.

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Funke Olakunrin: Buhari must redeem his image, enough of attacks on Yoruba land – Oyinlola

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Former Governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to rise above board amid the growing tension of kidnappings and killing pervading the country.

Oyinlola stated this on Monday while paying a condolence visit to the National Leader of the Pan Yoruba Socio-Political organization, Pa Reuben Fasoranti over the death of her daughter, Mrs Funke Olakunrin, who was killed last week Friday by suspected Fulani herdsmen on Benin-Sagamu expressway.

According to the former governor,
Buhari’s emergence as President in 2015 was hinged on the belief that as a General, the issue of insecurity militating against the country will be dealt with but the reverse had been the case.

His words: “One of the reasons some of us backed President Buhari in 2015 was his perceived competence to security matters given his training and status as a general of Nigerian Army. He needs to redeem his image now that deadly criminals have taken over the land, rubbishing all he has ever lived for.

“He need to come out clearly now, address the nation, outlining clearly his war plans to safeguard the life and property of all Nigerians in all state. Nigerians want to hear him directly not through an aide or party chiefs. He is the one they voted for as Commander in Chief and not anyone else.”

He added that, “The murder of Mrs Funke Olakunrin in broad daylight came as a shock and a rude reminder to all of us that our country is in terrible times. This is a time for all patriots to be sober and reflect on how we got to this Hobbesian point when life has become nasty, brutish and short.

“With this tragic incident and several reported and unreported ones across the country, particularly in the south west, it is time to say enough.

“Certainty of arrest and severity of punishment are time-tested deterrent to crimes and criminality. Criminal, evil minded persons will always have a free reign where impunity is condoned.”

“However, government must not be emotional about arrest and punishment. The government has a lot of work to do to convince Nigerians that it is for law abiding citizens and that these criminals are not above the law.

“Government must never be seen as being hostage to, or complicity of crime and criminality. Government exits to protect lives and property; they do not exist to release condolence messages after each avoidable death as this.

“These criminals have declared a war against our nation and we should take the war to them. The Federal Government is expected to lead the war without bringing politics to it and without any emotional bias against the law.”

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