By Dayo Benson
CALABAR—Amid uncertainty in the political situation in Taraba State, Cross River State, Governor Liyel Imoke, has called for caution, saying the provisions of constitution should be followed in handling the issue.
This came as the Nigerian Bar Association, tasked the nation’s leadership to develop new visions and strategies.
Both Imoke and Wali spoke separately in Calabar. While Imoke expressed the view during an interactive session with journalists, the NBA’s position was contained in the communiqué of the NBA Annual General Conference.
According to Governor Imoke, “it is for the medical board to certify his capacity and this is to be set up by the cabinet. There are provisions of the constitution to be followed. We cannot say that he is incapacitated and that he cannot continue to rule the state. If the executive council had been dissolved there is another provision of the constitution to be followed. It is a very sensitive issue so we need to be careful.”
NBA in a 57- paragraph communiqué, called on the leadership of the country to develop new visions and strategies as well as higher level of political will, identifying corruption as the root cause of worsening insecurity in the country.
According to the communiqué, “our leaders must develop new visions and new strategies; must summon new forms of determination and political will; demonstrate higher levels of patriotism, hard work, selflessness, integrity and responsiveness to the yearnings of the people, in order to deal with challenges facing them.
“The bar identified corruption and unemployment as the factors leading to the degenerating security situation in the country and calls on governments at all levels to design workable policies to tackle the problems.
“The leadership in Nigeria must demonstrate clearly, such qualities as Justice, Fairness and Equity – which are cardinal to the nation. As Nigerians, we must demonstrate our collective sense of patience, accommodation and tolerance despite the fact that people operate under stress.”