The Senate, yesterday, 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.”
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