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Student leaders carpet Clarke on FEC dissolution

By Tony Nyong
UYO—The Conference of  Past Student Leaders of Nigeria, COPSLON,  has condemned in very strong terms the call for the dissolution of the Federal Executive Council by Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clarke.

The body which described Clarke’s call as the first coup against the nation, accused the elder statesman of attempting to turn himself to a godfather that would make Nigerians desiring to be appointed as Ministers to start going to him to lobby.

Copslon however noted that Acting President Goodluck Johnathan has a stake with history and must therefore not allow himself to be used as a stooge or teleguided, either by former President Olusegun Obasanjo or by any of the old comrades.

Speaking through the National Coordinator of the body, Mr. Olady Mbaba, the group at the end of their inaugural general meeting, also demanded that the functions of NDDC and the Niger Delta Ministry be clearly spelt out to forestall duplication of duties and that the Niger Delta Ministry be made to concern itself with mega projects  as done by its FCT Ministry counterpart in Abuja rather than dissipate energy on hosting of conferences.

It further demanded that in view of the unfolding political scenario in the country, a recourse to the Justice Uwais Electoral Reform report and its immediate adoption and implementation would go along way to facilitate the enthronement of true democracy at the same time checkmate electoral violence and fraud in the country.

The review of the 1999 constitution to restore true federalism  and the hosting of a National Referendum by the Nigerian people to decide their destiny also formed by of the body’s agitation.

Issue of Climate change especially as it affects the nation was another area the body called on the Federal Government to take pro_active measures, mostly desertification as it pertains to the Northern part of the country, while the PTDF was urged to as a matter of urgency put a stop to the practice of selling scholarship forms as this, the body said portends fraud.

Meanwhile the group condemned all act of terrorism and regretted the isolated incident of Faruk Abdul Mutallab and called on the US government to delist  Nigeria from her terrorism watch list in view of long standing relationship between the two countries.


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