By Ikechukwu Nnochiri
ABUJA—The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, yesterday, said there was urgent need for the different regions in Nigeria to come together and agree on how to fix the country.
Ekweremadu, who spoke at the opening session of 2017 Annual Conference of the Institute of Chartered Mediators and Conciliators, ICMC, in Abuja, insisted that Nigeria, as presently constituted, is not working well.
He faulted President Muhammadu Buhari for refusing to implement the 2014 National Conference Report, which he discribed as “most recent roadmap produced by every shade of opinion and group in the country.”
He said it was unfortunate that several months after the Senate requested President Buhari to transmit the Confab Report to the National Assembly for legislative actions, nothing has happened.
Ekweremadu said he was perturbed that Nigerians are now “dangerously split along ethnic, religious, and sectional lines”, decrying that “the gap is widening on a daily basis.
“As a nation, however, we have to tell ourselves the hard truth. Nigeria, as currently constituted, is certainly not working well. Nigerians are not only dangerously split along ethnic, religious, and sectional lines, the gap is widening on a daily basis.
“The trend of divisive verbal attacks traded by younger ones against one another’s ethnicities, sections, and religions on the social media on every matter do not also inspire hope of a brighter future.”
“Therefore, I believe the constituent parts of this country must come together around the table immediately to discuss and agree on how to fix the country. I also believe that the 2014 National Conference Report is a starting point.