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Okogie asks FG to implement Uwais’ report

By Etop Ekanem
THE Catholic Archbishop of Lagos Metropolitan See, Anthony Cardinal Okogie, has called on the Federal Government to implement the electoral reforms as laid out by the former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Uwais, saying it would save the nation on election issues.

He spoke Wednesday during at a news briefing as part of activities to mark his 74th birthday and 37th anniversary of his elevation as the Archbishop of Lagos.

He said the electoral reform was the cry of all now, adding: “One wonders how serious our legislators are about these much needed reforms. The electoral reforms laid out by the former Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Mohammed Uwais is still on the shelf waiting for implementation.

The report we believe is what may save the nation on election issues but no one cares to study and implement it. One wonders why? We hope the next election will not be a repetition of what we have been experiencing?”

On calls for and against President Goodluck Jonathan contesting the 2011 presidential election, the Cardinal said: “We wonder why some people always like to fish in trouble waters.

The question of whether he should run for election next year or not, ought not to be anyone’s concern now. It is nothing but a ploy to distract the president from his goal. The Constitution is the supreme law that Nigeria knows. Dr Jonathan is not a stranger to it. He knows what to do. His decision to run for 2011 election is his.”

On the Niger Delta amnesty programme, Okogie said the Federal Government was not serious, saying: “If it is serious, why not implement and complete the amnesty programme started by the late President Umaru Yar’Adua. The militants’ threat is not an empty threat. We need peace in the nation from that area.”


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