The Nigerian Senate has resolved to consider the 2014 National Conference report, as one of the measures to facilitate the strengthening of the country’s unity in the face of growing challenges and tribal agitations.
It also condemned recent calls by Youths of the country for the separation of certain ethnic regions into different independent nations.
Senate reached the resolutions at Wednesday’s plenary, following a motion on the need for the National Unity and Peaceful Co-existence in Nigeria, sponsored by the sitting 108 Senators.
Anambra central senatorial district is the only vacant seat in the red chamber because election is yet to be conducted in that district, after the nullification of Senator Uche Ekwunife’s election.
In a five point resolution after debate on the issue, the Senate decided to convey the commitment Nigerians who voted them into office, that all citizens should live together in unity and harmony as one indivisible, indissoluble sovereign nation under God.
It also urged Nigerians to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of jeopardizing the corporate existence of Nigeria, while admonishing the legislators to intensify their representative role by embarking on sensitization campaign in their various constituencies to highlight the importance of harmonious and peaceful co-existence.
The Senate also wants the Federal Ministry of Information and National Orientation, including other relevant Agencies to intensify enlightenment and advocacy of loyalty to Nigeria.
Contributing to the debate, Senators Adamu Aliero and Jonah Jang advocated the reconsideration of the 2014 National Conference report, and to determine how valuable it could be in fostering a stronger, viable and more united entity called Nigeria.
“That Conference was an Assembly of eminent Nigerians from all parts of the country and they deliberated on issues that could move us forward. However, the 7th Senate refused to accept the report, saying that the National Assembly is where you have “true” representatives of the people, and therefore did not consider the confab report.”
The Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu who presided over Wednesday’s plenary, stressed the need for leaders at all levels to lead by example and uphold the rule of law.
“I believe that as leaders, we must continue to dialogue and ensure that we apply justice and equity in all that we do knowing that the principles of equity and Justice are the hallmarks of true nationhood,”he advocated.
Senator Ekweremadu also clarified that the 2014 Confab report was not rejected by the 7th Senate contrary to the widely held view, noting that the Presidency presented it to the red chamber just seven days to the expiration of that Assembly.
He said the time the report was submitted made it impracticable to consider it going by the rules of the Senate.