How Buhari Can Take Nigeria Out Of The Wood


Dr Goodluck Jonathan


Nigeria’s former President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan on Thursday mentioned if President Muhammadu Buhari might implement key suggestions of the 2014 Nationwide Convention report, Nigeria can be out of the wooden.


Jonathan, who spoke on the launching and presentation of the Memoirs of Senator Femi Okurounmu on the College of Lagos, additionally gave purpose why he couldn’t implement the report earlier than he left workplace.


Whereas noting the function performed by Okurounmu on the convention, Jonathan, who was the chairman of the event, mentioned the convention was convened in accordance with the yearnings of Nigerians for a dialogue to reconcile ethnic variations.


He mentioned all the problems have been mentioned as he gave them the liberty to debate all and that the suggestions have been far reaching in setting an agenda for as we speak and tomorrow.


In accordance with the previous president, the convention took out politics and that the suggestions would have taken Nigeria out of the woods.


Jonathan famous the counter narratives about his lack of ability to implement the suggestions earlier than leaving workplace, saying that the report was handed over to him on 21 August, 2014, at a time members of the Nationwide Meeting  have been busy operating round for re-election.


He added that if the report was to be carried out, it required an modification of components of the 1999 Structure and that it was not a factor to be rushed.

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“I initiated and inaugurated the convention as a result of I believed that the decision for a Nationwide dialogue might not be ignored. It was a choice taken to reconcile ethnic distinction, heal outdated wounds and handle mutual suspicions. The advice of the convention is far-reaching in setting an agenda for peace and unity. They amply captured the options to the issues of as we speak and made solutions that may handle the troubles of tomorrow.

“I consider that the options to many of the issues we face as we speak lie in our sincere evaluation of the suggestions of the 2014 Nationwide Convention. If we take politics out of consideration, there may be each chance {that a} diligent implementation of the important thing suggestions of the convention 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 mentioned.


Jonathan additionally mentioned democracy was key to reaching the desires of the folks, however famous that the electoral course of should be credible to attain higher dwelling.


“An electoral course of that doesn’t earn the help and participation of the citizen is a recipe for violence and political disaster. It’s needed for democratic nations to take related measures to make sure the impartiality and independence of the Electoral Administration Our bodies (EMBs), as a method of guaranteeing the credibility and legitimacy of electoral processes.

“We understand that there are no perfect elections anywhere in the world. However, there are minimum standards expected of every nation that is desirous of organising credible elections. In this regard, the process of constituting the EMBs is very critical. In many thriving democracies, the responsibility of appointing electoral umpires is no longer left in the hands of one powerful politician,” he said.

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This, he mentioned, was as a result of irrespective of how he went about it, his intentions and decisions wouldn’t be fully trusted by the stakeholders, stressing that a technique this might be achieved was for the related arms of the Nationwide Meeting to review the completely different fashions of recruiting members of the EMBs in different nations as a information in direction of establishing a useful template that will safe true independence for the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee, INEC.


Jonathan mentioned that in Canada and India, the president didn’t play any function within the appointment of the EMBs, saying that such might occur in Nigeria the place INEC chairman wouldn’t be appointed by the president.


In accordance with him, “if we have to grow politically in the desired direction as a democratic nations, the independence and impartiality of INEC cannot be compromised.”


On the occasion have been: Pa Ayo Adebanjo, Senator Anthony Adefuye, Dr. Wale Babalakin, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, Chief Harry Akande, Yinka Odumakin, amongst others.

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Updated: July 11, 2019 — 6:58 pm