Nigeriaappears set for a national conference as calls for dialogue become more frequent, even from unexpected quarters.
Latest calls for this all important national round table came on the heels of increased attacks on media houses and schools by the Islamic sect, Boko Haram, who are unrelenting in their siege to the nation since the inception of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
Former Vice Chancellor of Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, recently joined the army of advocates for a national conference, telling the nation to embrace dialogue onNigeria’s existence.
Miffed at the unbridled insecurity in the nation, Prof Abdullahi stated that the nation can no longer pretend that there is no problem in the country.
‘We should accept the fact today and find a way of sorting out the differences in a dialogue that would be encompassing.
The professor spoke the 50th birthday celebration of the publisher of the Leadership newspaper, Mr Sam Nda-Isaiah, inAbuja.
He traced the nation’s problem to the devaluation of the naira in the 1980’s, saying that it was both economic and political.
Action Congress ofNigeria(ACN) leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, blamed the nation’s woes on the People Democratic Party (PDP) which is controlling the Federal Government, lamenting that the country was “sinking in insecurity, fear, poverty, corruption…”
But former Senate President, Ken Nnamani, challenged the former governor ofLagosState, contending that no political party is better than the other and blamed Nigerians for being shameless.
Also remarkable was the contribution of former Defence Minister, General Theophillus Danjuma, who said thatNigeriawas becoming anotherSomalia.
“The North is on fire. Let us tell ourselves the truth”, he said, and queried the northern state governors for keeping quiet.
He specifically referred to Jigawa, Borno andKanoas failed states, lamenting that all they did was erect high fences around government houses, leaving the citizens unprotected.
FormerFederalCapitalTerritoryMinister, Gen. Jeremiah Useni, wondered why innocent and vulnerable citizens rather than the government have become targets of Boko Haram attacks.
Earlier, prominent persons such as the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor, had urged the North to peacefully dialogue with the rest of the nation if they desired to break away from the country.
At the fore front of the advocacy for a national conference are Prof. Wole Soyinka and other activists.