5 Sep 2017

Southern Leaders Unveil 5-Point Agenda for Restructuring

The Southern Leaders of Thought (SLT) has unveiled a five-point agenda for restructuring Nigeria in line with the principles and tenets of what it calls true federalism, which it argues, is key to ensuring the country’s survival against the forces of division and conflict inherent in its heterogeneous nature.

The SLT, a forum of eminent Nigerians, also rejected the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) and demanded a new constitution that would derive its authority, legitimacy and validity from the people rather than a decree of the military.

A document which contained the agenda was signed by Prof. Benjamin Nwabueze, on behalf of other members of the group, specifically outlines a five-point agenda that seeks restoration of true federalism;

1. Reject 1999 constitution

2. restructuring of the territorial structures of Nigeria;

3. instituting fiscal federalism;

4. removal of factors impairing true federalism; and

5. A new constitution to be adopted by the people at a referendum.

The group comprises former Secretary-General of Commonwealth of Nations, Chief Emeka Anyaoku; Chieftain of Afenifere, Chief Ayo Adebanjo; Convener of Yoruba Assembly, Gen. Alani Akinrinade; former governor of Cross Rivers; Mr. Donald Duke; former governor of Akwa-Ibom, Obong Victor Attah; and Chairman of the National Democratic Coalition NADECO, Rear Admiral Ndubusi Kanu (rtd).

Other members include a businessman, Chief Harry Akande; a renowned political economist, Prof. Pat Utomi; a professor of International Law, Prof. Akin Oyebode; former President of Ijaw National Congress, Prof. Kimse Okoko; former Managing Director of Daily Times of Nigeria, Chief Tola Adeniyi; and a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Chief Solomon Asemota.

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