BY CLIFFORD NDUJIHE & DAPO AKINREFON
LAGOS — EMINENT Nigerians, yesterday, rose from their two-day dialogue in Lagos, insisting that there is no going back on national conference if the country is to be redeemed.
To fast track the confab, they raised a steering committee headed by former Information Minister, Chief John Nwodo, with members from the six geo-political zones of the country to hammer out modalities for the talkshop and turn in report within a month.
Organised by the National Summit Group, NSG, yesterday’s session was moderated by Mr Tony Uranta with most of the eminent persons, who were on hand on Monday, attending.
In a communique read by Nwodo, the 150 delegates resolved that “the dialogue should be continued and held in all six geo‑political zones of Nigeria to ensure total mobilisation of all Nigerians and state institutions, including the legislature within the shortest possible time.”
It also resolved that the “National Summit Group should ensure wider attendance at future dialogues and be commended for its efforts so far.”
A major contribution of the day came from Alhaji Balarabe Musa and Mr Fafaa Dan-Princewill who urged urgent redress of injustice against groups in the polity.
We must stop killing of Igbos
Dan- Princewill, an Ijaw by ethnic group decried the fate of the Igbos in the country, saying Nigerians have made Nigeria a country where justice had been relegated.
Highlighting the plight of the Igbos in the country, he said there was need for a special comment from non‑Igbos on the plight of the Igbos to drive home the point.
Igbo, Niger Delta are cheated —Musa
In like manner, Musa said the Niger Delta and Igbo “have made real cases. They have grievances we have identified since Second Republic. The Niger Delta supply 80 per cent of resources sustaining Nigeria without adequate returns. Since the civil war, Igbos have been treated unjustly. There was a time we could not identify a single Igbo man in the security.”
However, he said the North was also suffering. ADo you know you are not the only one being maltreated in this country. There is 40 years gap in education between the North and South. If not addressed, the person from the North will always be an onlooker and will always rise to complain. We from the North are responsible for that but it has become a national problem. Lets address it,@ he enjoined.