By CLIFFORD NDUJIHE
UYO — THE greatest service President Goodluck Jonathan will render to the peoples of Nigeria is to be the first president to give them a constitution deriving its source of authority, as supreme law, directly from them, otherwise known as a “people’s constitution.”
With these words leaders of thought, ethnic nationalities and political parties drawn from the six geo-political zones of the country have restated the need for the convening of a national conference to tackle the socio-economic, political, security, unity and developmental challenges facing the nation.
These were some of the resolutions arrived at a two-day national political summit held in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, which ended on Wednesday night.
According to a communiqué issued at the end of the summit, which almost ended in a fiasco when some delegates hotly faulted some of the resolutions before calm was restored, a restructured polity and a people’s constitution will boost President Jonathan’s transformation agenda and security as well as cement the country’s unity.
The leaders affirmed their faith in and commitment to, the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a sovereign state and appealed to governments at all levels and all Nigerians to ensure Nigeria’s continued existence in peace and stability and its progress and advancement.
While commending Jonathan for initiating the transformation agenda, they implored him to expand its scope to embrace the entire polity and society with a view to creating a new Nigeria and a new society based on justice, equity and morality.
They said that, “a national conference of all ethnic nationalities and peoples in the country is the best means to trigger such national transformation and to address the threats to the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria.”
Consequently, they called on President Jonathan to “use the power reposed on his office as president and leader of the country to convoke the conference as a matter of great necessity and immediacy for the preservation of the continued existence of the country.”
They argued that recurrent and present challenges of political instability and national security demand that the president, as the symbol of sovereignty initiates a broad-based national dialogue, involving all political, ethnic and social formations, as a matter of urgency; to obtain the inputs of Nigerians of all classes and persuasions as a prelude to the national conference.