SOUTHERN Senators Forum has called for the restructuring of the country and the implementation of the 2014 National Conference Report, just as it underscored the need for continued peace and unity in the country.
In a Communiqué read by the Chairman of the Forum, Senator Hope Uzodinma, at the end of a three-day Retreat in Calabar on the theme: ‘Unity and Restructuring of Nigeria’, the Southern Senators stated that the foundation for a just and fair country laid by the forefathers of the country had been destroyed; hence, the need to restructure the country.
“After three days of brainstorming, we came to the conclusion that Nigeria and Nigerians have come a long way and it is imperative that we live together in a country of justice, equity and fairness. And the unity of Nigeria cannot be compromised but it is also apparent that the foundations have been eroded and need to be renegotiated”.
The Forum urged President Muhammadu Buhari to convene a meeting of members of the National Assembly, the Governors and State Houses of Assembly in order to put modalities in place for the restructuring of the country and adoption of the 2014 National Conference Report.
“We urge the leadership of the Senate to bring up the issue of the 2014 National Conference Report for deliberation and adoption. It is important we dialogue to ensure a peaceful and fair restructuring that will meet the demands of various parts of the country. ”
The Senators pledged to join forces with lawmakers from other parts of the country to enact an appropriate legislation in order to bring to fruition the issues raised in the communiqué.