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Southern Leaders Urge Buhari To implement 2014 Confab Recommendations

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Posted: Oct 18, 2016 at 9:30 pm   /   by   /   comments (2)

Emeka Okafor



The Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SMPA), on Tuesday urged Pesident Muhammadu Buhari to start implementing the 2014 National Conference, recommendation, being the only solution to the nation’s present challenges.
Elder statesman and leader of the South-South, Chief  Edwin Clark, who spoke during Elders/ Management Committee meeting of the a?ssembly in Umuahia, Abia State said recommendation made in the report, if implemented will strengthen Nigeria’s unity.
The group, with members from across Southern Nigeria, according Chief Clark, noted that the confab recommendation provides enough for the equitable restructuring of Nigeria for  stability and sustainability.
On the fight against corruption, he said: “as I have said on every opportunity, corruption is a canker worm that has eaten deep into the very fabric of our national consciousness.
“It is a phenomenon that have caused serious damage to this nation and must be fought at all cost.”
On the current economic recession in the nation, the elder statesman said there was no need stressing on it, as every facet of life and living is affected and the impact is biting harder on every side.

Also speaking at  the event,the south west leader, Bishop Emmanuel Gbonigi, represented by Senator Femi Okoromu, described the present state of Nigeria as unfortunate, noting the rising cost of staple food, unemployment and job loss, all of which contributed to the nation’s woo.

According to the cleric, calls for restructuring the country started in the then  NADECO movement but expresses regret that the issue had surfaced again.
On how to come out of the present recession, the south west leader said government at all levels should reduce the number of aids, welfare packages and allowances,  just as the legislative arm
should be fair and transparent for the sake of the country.

He frowned at the huge import bill and called for promotion of made-in-Nigeria goods as well  as diversifying the economy and also promote agriculture.

On his part, Leader of South East and former vice president of Nigeria Dr Alex Ekwueme, represented by chief Mbazurike Amechi, called for greater synergy among Southern Nigeria People Assembly.

He particularly expressed appreciation to the Abia State governor, Okezie Ikpeazu, for
accepting to host the assembly.

Governor Okezie Ikpeazu thanked the forum for choosing Abia, calling for equal distribution of the country’s wealth to avoid agitation.

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