Former Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of the 2014 national conference.
Jonathan gave the advise on Thursday while speaking at the book presentation of Senator Femi Okurounmu at the University of Lagos.
The former president who chaired the occasion said if the report of the conference is executed, he believed that the nation’s major challenges would be addressed effectively.
According to him: “I initiated and inaugurated the conference because I believed that the call for a National dialogue could no longer be ignored. It was a decision taken to reconcile ethnic difference, heal old wounds and address mutual suspicions. The recommendation of the conference is far-reaching in setting an agenda for peace and unity. They amply captured the solutions to the problems of today and made suggestions that will address the worries of tomorrow.
“I believe that the solutions to most of the problems we face today lie in our honest assessment of the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference. If we take politics out of consideration, there is every likelihood that a diligent implementation of the key recommendations of the conference will lead the nation out of the woods.
“This will heal frayed nerves, promote solidarity, engender peace and reposition our nation for meaningful growth and sustainable development,” he said.
Jonathan however said that his administration would have implemented the report of the confab but due to political and timing issues it was impossible for him
He also warned that it should not be a thing to be rushed because the full implementation of the report would require an amendment of parts of the 1999 Constitution
Jonathan also mentioned that for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a credible elections, politicians should not be allowed to appoint the commission’s top officials.
He said, “if we have to grow politically in the desired direction as a democratic nations, the independence and impartiality of INEC cannot be compromised.”
In attendance at the function were Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Senator Anthony Adefuye, Dr. Wale Babalakin, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Harry Akande, Yinka Odumakin, among others.