Open report of 2014 National Conference, El Rufai Committee for national debate-Ijaw leaders urges Buhari
By Bimbo Ogunnaike
The Leaders of Thought of the Ijaw ethnic nation has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to open the report of the 2014 National Conference and the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Committee for national debate within a set time frame.
The leaders also called on President Buhari to show the courage in setting a legislative agenda in place to implement the outcome of the critical issues raised in these reports, as a way of bringing about a Nigeria where equity, fair play and justice reigns.
This was contained in a press release issued at the end of a consultative meeting of the leaders held at the country home of Elder statesman, Chief Edwin Kiagbodo Clark in Kiagbodo, Delta State on Tuesday.
“We Call on Mr. President, His Excellency Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to show the courage in setting a legislative agenda in place to implement the outcome of the critical issues raised in these Reports, as a way of bringing about a Nigeria where equity, fair play and justice reigns,” ijaw leaders said
“APC should take the gauntlet to open the report of the El-Rufai Committee alongside the earlier work done by the 2014 National Conference, for national debate within a set time frame,” the group said.
The Ijaw leaders commended various groups in the country, who have continued to bring up the question of restructuring of the country to the centre place in national discourse.
The group saluted the work of the Committee on restructuring led El-Rufai, hoping that “this is being done with genuine commitment and sincerity.”
The leaders also reaffirmed the position that restructuring of the country is about the survival of the Nigerian nation and that the Ijaw people would align themselves to candidates who canvass the position in the forth coming 2019 General Elections.
They also commended Governor Henry Seriake Dickson for his untiring work in building bridges of peace and unity across the country, and his efforts to position Bayelsa State as the light house of socio-economic transformation in Nigeria.
Present at the meeting were the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson; the Deputy Governor of Delta State,Deacon Kingsley Burutu Utuaro, former Governors, former Ministers, members of the National Assembly, President General, Ijaw Youth Congress, IYC, Barr. Oweilaimi, Academics, Clergy and other leaders.