Sani Abacha’s vision was the best for Nigeria – Chris Ngige

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The National Constitutional Committee crafted by the Late General Sani Abacha provided for rotational presidency and residency right.  General Abdulsalami Abubakar made mess of what would have ended all the separatist agitations and violence attached to them when he instead of implementing the recommendations of the National Constitution Committee (NCC) back-tracked and amended portions of the 1979 constitution.  That action is responsible for the country’s many woes and mistrust among the component parts of the country today.

Dr. Chris Ngige, the former governor of Anambra State and the current Minister of Labour and employment have joined other Nigerians who believe that the late Military Head of State General Sanni Abacha was pro-Nigeria unity.

Ngige made the assertion recently in Enugu State, during a pro-peace and pro-unity town hall meeting attended by the governor of Enugu State Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, those from political and traditional institutions and Federal government delegates, led my Lai Mohammed.

The Federal delegates, led by Lai Mohammed while reacting to some issues raised by the governor of Enugu State and other Stakeholders reiterated that the Federal Government was not unmindful of the hard times Nigerians are going through.  He assured the people that the hard times would not last eternity as government is doing everything within its power to pull back the economy on track, despite the wide criticism that the President has not gathered the best economic team.  Mr. Mohammed further reiterated government’s commitment in insuring that no part of the region is unjustly treated in distribution of resources and projects implementation.

The Federal Government will evenly develop all parts of the country.  No region would be short-changed.

Reacting to the issue of separatist agitation in some parts of Nigeria, and why government is not implementing the recommendation of 2014 National Constitutional Conference posed to the delegates by former Minister of information, Chief John Nnia Nwodo, Chris Ngige in response took Nigerians down memory lane on the National Constitutional Committee crafted by Late General Sani Abacha which provided for rotational presidency.  Chris opined that General Abdulsalami Abubakar made mess of what would have ended all the separatist agitations and violence attached to it when General Abubakar instead of implementing the recommendations of the National Constitution Committee {NCC} back-tracked and amended portions of the 1979 constitution.  That action is responsible for the country’s many woes and mistrust among the component parts of the country today.

“The agitation for restructuring did not start now. It has been there for a long time. No democratic regime in the history of this country has been able to create states. Apart the First Republic when the Mid-Western State was created, all other states created were under the military era. The six geopolitical zone structure is not even in the 1999 Constitution. But the NCC recommendations under Abacha which I consider as excellent made provision for rotational presidency and residency rights. Late Abacha crafted a wonderful constitution but Gen. Abubakar back-tracked. Instead of using what Abacha did, he went and amended portions of the 1979 Constitution which is responsible for the country’s woes. The NCC convoked by former President Jonathan is suspect because the members to the conference were not elected. So, there is no sovereign element in the outcome of the conference. The only sovereignty rests with the National Assembly where you have elected representatives from all parts of the country”.

Defending the position of President Buhari and APC-led administration not to touch the 2014 National Constitution Conference recommendations, Ngige said:

“If by tomorrow, President Muhammadu Buhari decides to set up a constitutional conference, the Igbo should go to sleep because whatever gains they make there will not be taken away by anybody. He asked the Igbo to stop wallowing in self- pity over the political problems facing the race, saying that the people should put on their thinking caps on how to solve their problems.

 

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