​COMMUNIQUE: INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE CORE FEDERALISTS HELD IN LAGOS ON THURSDAY 6TH JULY, 2017

Members of the Core Federalists held their Inaugural Meeting on Thursday, July 06, 2017 in Lagos to reflect on the emerging challenges of the Nigerian-state and on how to support the process of nation building.

After due reflection and consideration of the sociopolitical developments in the country resolved as follows:

1. Note with concerns that the multiplicity of self determination agitations and political grandstanding leading to the deepening of inherent cleavages in the country; observing that the trend is inimical to the continued existence of the country as an entity.

2. Acknowledge that the interests of all the ethnocultural groups are best secured and served within the continued existence of the Federal Republic of Nigeria; emphasizing that the federal system must however be functional rooted in mutually benefiting and agreeable systems and structures including devolution of powers from the current federal center along with fiscal and revenue control discourses.

3. Recognize that the way forward is the Restructuring of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. To this end, CF acknowledged that the first step in this direction is the harmonization, aggregation and articulation of the various trajectories and variations of the conceptualization of the phrase “Restructuring” as being proposed by political actors and platforms into a synthetic framework.

4. Acknowledge that the Report of the 2014 National Conference has captured most of the ingredients of the views currently being expressed by various political actors and platforms.

5. CF proposes that the incumbent Federal Government of Nigeria do rise up to the occasion and stem the tide of the negative trend, which has the potentials of exacerbating into violent conflicts and another civil war by

(a) Implement Restructuring as noted in the APC Manifesto on which they campaigned and won the 2015 Election; using the Report of the 2014 National Conference Report as source document; (b) Formally (re)avail the National Assembly, State Governments and State Houses of Assembly copies of the Report of the 2014 National Conference to commence the implementation of clauses localized to their jurisdictions; and (c) develop and commence the processes of Restructuring with a time frame expiring not later than May 2018 to ensure that the 2019 General Elections would be on the bases of a truly Federal Constitution .

6. Encourage the clear definition and delineation of the geopolitical spaces constituting the federating units of the restructured Nigeria in a manner that would allay the fears of all stakeholders in the Nigerian project.

7. Request that well articulated advocacy and mobilization efforts be extended to other stakeholders such as Traditional and Religious Leaders on the benefits of the sustainability of the Nigerian-nation.

8. Encourage accord partnerships of political actors, entrepreneurs, academics, religious and traditional leaders with reach and linkages across the ethnic groups or geopolitical zones to network and build viable bridges aimed at contributing to the sustainability of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. In this regard, CF salutes the ongoing conversations between some of the groups.

9. Invite all youths across the various ethnic and religious groups to build bridges and network, to promote the conversation, in the interest of true Federation of Nigeria.

10. Encourage the international community, particularly international development partners and nongovernmental agencies to support Nigerians in hosting viable dialogue sessions in a manner that can safely mitigate, manage and transform their current challenges as proactive agents of change for a stable and virile country.

YINKA ODUMAKIN – SOUTH WEST

COL. GABRIEL AJAYI (Rtd.) – SOUTH WEST

HUMPHREY ORJIAKO (Amb.) – SOUTH EAST

OZO NWOBU (Amb.) – SOUTH EAST

OTOKS DAN PRINCEWILL – SOUTH SOUTH

DELE OLUWATADE (Dr.) – SOUTH SOUTH

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3 Comments

  1. What is the Igbo autonomous Consensus on the Question of keeping One and so being a part it?

    The Core Federalists’ Position is being driven by those who have already decided that Nigeria must be kept one. All the hazy talk of an ill-defined, “Restructuring” amount only to pacifying platitudes to the extent that stands in denial of the fundamental Sovereignty Disputation Question raised by the 1966/1967 abrogation of the Federal Constitutional Basis of Nigeria.

    Any Reconfiguration and Reconstruction intervention that does not root itself in the Logic of a Federation and the Truth of our history will come to grief.

    The closest we have got that is the Yoruba National Assembly June 24th, 2017 Proclamation which prescribed a 2-Stage Process for the Restructuring it canvasses, the First Stage of which is an Internal Regional Referendum to ascertain the willingness of the Yoruba Populace to remain in the failed Union of Nigeria after which the Unionization of the Regional Constitutions, distilled pursuant to a Majority Yes Vote for STAY in the second stage.

    Anything less is a nonstarter as leaves the hijacked Sovereignties in the vice grip of the malevolent forces that hijacked it.

    Tony Nnadi
    July 7th, 2017.

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