The Nigeria Senate has asked the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, to urgently forward the report of 2014 National Conference report for appropriate legislative action.
According to the Senate, deliberations on the recommendations of the conference will be the way forward for the country, even as it harped on the nation’s restructuring as a way out of its numerous problems.
The upper chamber’s call is coming against the backdrop of separatists’ agitations in the land but it declared its support for a united Nigeria and warned Nigerians to desist from actions and utterances capable of jeopardising the corporate existence of the nation.
The request for the 2014 confab reports followed submissions made to that effect by senators mostly of All Progressives Congress, APC, during the debate on a motion, entitled: “The need for National Unity and Peaceful Coexistence in Nigeria,” sponsored by Senate Leader, Ahmed Lawan (APC, Yobe), and co-sponsored by 106 others.
Senator Lawan’s motion had four prayers which were all taken, but there was an additional prayer by Senator Mao Ohuabunwa (PDP, Abia North), that the Federal Government be urged to urgently forward the report of the 2014 Conference to the National Assembly for deliberation.
According to him, “we must, as a nation, address those issues that gave rise to agitation, Nigeria must be a nation that is based on justice and equity.” Senator Ohuabunwa’s motion was seconded by Senator Adeola Solomon Olamilekan (APC, Lagos West) and was unanimously adopted by the senators. Also contributing, Senator Adamu Aliero (APC, Kebbi Central), said: “We are asking that those recommendations (of the confab) be brought to us. They should be implemented where necessary”.
On his part, Senator Jonah Jang (PDP, Plateau North), said: “I agree that the report should be tabled before the Senate and let us look at what Nigerians want. And then we can look at the major issues that are affecting this country because I believe the conference deliberated on so many issues affecting this country.
” In his remarks, Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, who presided over yesterday’s plenary, said the patriotism exhibited by senators was one thing that made the Senate stand out. He also said disagreement among the different ethnic groups was unnecessary, adding that the country was better off united and that a just and equitable society should be the concern of every Nigerian.
Ekweremadu, who appealed for restraints from all quarters to ensure a prosperous nation, urged the government to address the complaints of citizens as well as make laws to guard against reckless utterances.
“It’s not time to look at ourselves as either black or white. Our beauty lies in the mix of our colours. We must show leadership as leaders. It is not time to leave the leadership of this country to adhoc tendencies. “In doing so, we must address the fears and complaints of our citizens. I believe this is what we have started today.”
The motion was the only issue discussed yesterday at plenary for three hours as Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, ensured almost all the senators contributed.