Committee For Goodness Of Nigeria Calls For Speedy Constitutional Amendments
By Charity Uwakwe
In a bid to repair the dilapidated condition of the Nigerian nation, a clarion call has been made to the federal government of Nigeria to unhesitatingly conclude and implement the ongoing constitutional amendments
A group of well-meaning Nigerians known as ‘Committee for goodness of Nigeria’ made this hearty call at during a 2-day meeting, held at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja, on Wednesday.
The committee emphasised the need to accord constitutional reforms some urgency, “and mobilize strong will, vision and action in the process, so that the reforms will address both contemporary national challenges and the future of a stable, political and prosperous Nigeria. To fix Nigeria, a beginning must be made.”
In a Communique signed by Amb. Ahmed Magaji, Secretary of the Committee and made available to famousreporters.com, the Committee maintained that the various amendments, with focus on a peaceful and credible conduct of the 2023 elections would, in no doubts, pave the way for peace, security, stability, equity, development, inclusive society, as well as growth and progress of the nation.
The Communique read in detail:
Committee for goodness of Nigeria held on December 14-15 at Transcorp Hilton, Abuja
The Meeting considered the reports of the Technical Committee on Inputs into on-going Constitutional reform processes, and adopted them. These reports will be forwarded to Mr. President, the National Assembly, State Governors and State Houses of Assembly.
The main spirit behind the recommendations forwarded is rooted in some of the well-informed and innovative recommendations of Conferences and other fora, Reports on specific areas on the need for reform of the Constitution, and current issues that have assumed strong presence in the life of the nation and have the potential to be addressed through constitutional amendments.
The Meeting noted the need to accord constitutional reforms some
urgency, and mobilize strong will, vision and action in the process, so that the reforms will address both contemporary national challenges and the future of a stable, political and prosperous Nigeria. To fix Nigeria, a beginning must be made.
The Meeting took note of the state of the nation, particularly the areas of stress among the elite and insecurity across the entire
country. It recommends these measures:
f) Recommendations on improvements of the electoral process which have been forwarded to the President for his
consideration and assent by the National Assembly is supported for Mr. President’s consideration. We support all efforts to Improve the quality of the electoral process, and other processes for the emergence of quality leadership in Nigeria;
Constitutional amendments currently being considered should be concluded and implemented with the most minimum of delay. These amendments will have a major impact in terms of improving the atmosphere and context for the peaceful and credible conduct of the 2023 elections; and for peace, security, stability, equity, development, inclusive society, growth and progress;
There are serious threats to the 2023 elections in the current state of the nation, particularly distances and tensions between parts of the country, and very low levels of confidence of citizens that the future of the country is secure, and their places and welfare in it will improve. Failing capacities of vital institutions of state, including governance and security institutions will continue to threaten the economy, national and citizen security and political activities;
Elders, leaders and elite must play more active roles in deescalating tensions, and building bridges between and among communities;
President Muhammadu Buhari should strive to be more accessible to views and opinions of Nigerians, and raise the administration’s levels of empathy and appreciation of circumstances under which citizens live;
All options In resolving our current security challenges should be examined by leaders. In any event, more efforts must be Intensified in securing Nigerians and tuming back the multiple threats increasingly affecting all Nigerians by the day through the process of stick and carrot.
The Meeting sends Its sympathies and condolences to all communities and families who have lost fives and property to sundry criminals and terrorists.
- The Meeting agreed that this forum should be sustained . . credible and productive platform which affords elders and grou . to bond and address national issues and challenges together. P
(Signed) Amb. Ahmed Magaji (Secretary).