The immediate past President of Nigeria, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, has called for the implementation of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference, saying it would address the lingering agitations and insecurity in the country.
Dr Jonathan made this call yesterday, in his remarks at the Rivers State Golden Anniversary Lecture held at the Dr Obi Wali International Conference Centre, Port Harcourt.
He stated that he gave approval for the National Conference to be held after realising how germane it was to address gray areas of interest.
Jonathan explained, “One of the reasons I insisted on the National Conference, Prof Darah (Guest Lecturer) made reference to, was the interest of Nigerians. Yes, in many areas as a nation, we are doing well, but, there are still other areas that agitate the minds of our people. And as a government, you need to address them.
“I remember in August, 2013, Professor Ben Nwabueze led the patriots and met me; one of the issues they raised was the National Conference. Others schemed for other conferences but I insisted on the National Conference that would look at these gray areas that affect our people. Those areas that retard our development and fine tune it for the good of our children and grand-children.
“I always believe that when you are in government, when you are making laws or coming up with policies, don’t consider your position because that your position is very temporal.
“I was quite pleased with the outcome of the conference. There was nothing like voting. Every decision was by consensus. And I believe sincerely that if government is able to implement most of those recommendations, some of the things that agitate our minds today, some of the social issues we have including insecurity and otherwise would be addressed”, the former president stated.
Speaking further, Jonathan said he had always advocated for a fiscal federalism, saying it would afford federating states opportunity for development.