Sovereign National Conference in Nigeria: A Valiant and Refreshing Perspective! By Edwin Madunagu

Edwin Madunagu
By Edwin Madunagu

About 20 years ago, precisely on June 25, July 2, and July 9 1992, this column carried a three-part article on Sovereign National  Conference (SNC).  Each of the three parts dealt with a different aspect of the subject and carried a different title: For a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) (June 25); SNC and flashpoints of discontent (July 2) and Organising the SNC (July 9).

I started the first part of the article, For a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), with revolutionary optimism and high morale: “Now that the convening of a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) for Nigeria can be regarded as historically inevitable, we turn part of our attention to its historical basis, justification, status, composition, structure, mandate, agenda, tenure and relation to the incumbent government.  We must turn attention to these questions so that the conference, when it finally comes, does not descend on us unprepared, as historical anti-climax”.

Clarification:  By “we” and “us” in this opening paragraph I meant, not “all Nigerians”, but specifically, the  Radical Movement, that is, the aggregate of Nigeria’s socialists, labour unions,  popular-democratic  formations and radical patriots.  I am today aware, more than I was in 1992, that there are genuine democrats and radical patriots who are only opposed to “Nigerian capitalism” and “Nigerian system” and not to capitalism in general.  The federation of “we” and “us” has spaces for all such compatriots.

The opening paragraph was restrained, so to say, by the second paragraph, from going over the roof.  And this was the restraint: “I hasten to add, however, that the actual historical point at which this conference – that is, the SNC – will be convened cannot be predicted. We cannot say if it will come before the end of the present transition or after it.  Since I am not a soothsayer, I cannot say whether it will come peacefully or not.  What is abundantly clear is that the way forward passes through a National Conference and  no where else”.  The phrase “whether it will come about peacefully or not” appears to introduce a contradiction into this advocacy because a national conference, sovereign or not, was  - and is - supposed to prevent  a one-sided, or unilateral and therefore violent, resolution of a fundamental political crisis.  So how can it come about violently?  In other words, how can a “peaceful alternative” be conceived as a project which may be brought into being by violence?  I now see that my 1992 formulation in this instance was too dry.  I ought to have added two notes by way of illustration: One, that an actual armed confrontation can force a Sovereign National Conference on the nation; and two: that, generally and historically, a violent action, or actions that threaten to use force, may be inevitable in laying the foundation of a system that is envisaged as peaceful.

In the third paragraph of the article I said:  “A Sovereign National Conference becomes the only viable historical option, not all times, but precisely at those points in a nation’s history when a crisis, signifying the bankruptcy of a social order or an existing political structure, cannot be resolved either by the existing state or by any other coalition of forces.  At those points, the nation in crisis can advance in one of three directions:  Either it degenerates into anarchy (Liberia and Somalia) or disintegrates (Yugoslavia and the Soviet Union), or the whole nation meets to save itself.  The way to national recovery and renewal therefore lies in the third direction.”

The only comment I should make today on this arguably idealistic formulation is that I was - and I am - interested in the question of Sovereign National Conference principally because of the role I believed - and believe - my “constituents”, that is radical patriots, genuine democrats and leftists, would play in such a gathering and the specific weight of the interests of Nigeria’s popular masses in it.  Otherwise, I would not be talking politics.  I may however add that neither in 1992 nor today would I conceive a Sovereign National Conference (SNC) as a gathering of Nigeria’s ethnic nationalities, however articulated. Nigeria is not, and has never been, the arithmetical sum of ethnic nationalities.

In the fourth paragraph, I attempted an implicit definition of a Sovereign National Conference by differentiating it from a Constituent Assembly:  “A Sovereign National Conference (SNC) is not a Constituent Assembly, and must not be confused with it.  A Constituent Assembly is normally put in place by an incumbent government under its own rules…Whatever form it takes, a Constituent Assembly comes into being only when a basic direction of national renewal has been agreed upon, or imposed.  The Assembly then works out the mechanisms or details”. I would today replace “Constituent Assembly” with “Constitutional Conference” to correspond with our own political lexicon.

On the other hand, a Sovereign National Conference “proceeds  with no assumption whatsoever; it is national in the truest sense of the term;  it is virile; it is self-constituted and, while it lasts, it is superior to any other political institution in the land, including the incumbent government. This is the type of conference I consider now inevitable in the country”. I do not see the need for any modification of this formulation, although I admit that it is “extremist” and “maximalist”.  But that is it.  If you are not comfortable with this, you may talk of another conference, but not a Sovereign National Conference. I may also add, for completeness, that only a referendum can alter even a single word in SNC’s decisions.

In the sixth and seventh paragraphs I argued that a Sovereign National Conference (SNC), as I had conceived it “is a social revolution, regardless of the fear which conservatives have for the term.  There are two types of social revolution: the national but radical; and the class-based.  A Sovereign National Conference is a revolution of the first type.  The Conference need not aspire to address all questions.  It should limit itself to the fundamental question of our national existence.  Other questions will be taken up by an elected Constituent Assembly when the terms of our continued existence have been agreed upon by the SNC and the foundations of a New Nigeria have been laid”.  My comment here is by way of clarification.  By “national existence” or “continued existence” I did not mean-and do not mean - ethnic cohabitation”.  I meant - and I mean - the prevention of a Somali-type situation. We all know that, today, Somalia simultaneously exists and does not exist.

This first part of the three-part article ended with a “distillation” of what I had called the “fundamental question of our national existence”.  I listed four elements of this “fundamental question” and added a fifth one in the second article.  They may be summarized.  The first element is  the national question and structure of national unity. “Under this, the SNC should deal with the question of relationship between the various nationalities that constitute Nigeria.  It should make a choice between confederalism, federalism and unitarism.  It should deal with the nature and elements of the choice that is made”.  My hope here was - and is - that my “constituents”, as I defined them above, would fight for either the retention of states as constituent units of a Nigerian federation or the empowerment of the current geopolitical zones. But not restructuring along ethnic lines.

The second element of the fundamental principle of our national existence, as I saw it in 1992, is Fundamental human rights. Here the SNC should “agree on a list of enforceable and justiciable human rights to be enjoyed by all Nigerians with immediate effect, not at an unspecified future”.  The third element is State and religion.  “Here the terms of relationships that should exist between organized religions and the Nigerian state should be stated in clear terms”.  I added that “there should be no ambiguity here”. The fourth element is the Philosophy of government and political system. I now believe that the fifth and last element, Economic system and property relations, sounds too suggestive for the type of conference that is  envisaged.  It   may come under fundamental human rights.

I would like to end with the obvious: Just as nothing guarantees the victory of a revolution before it is launched, or even as it is launched, the SNC, as conceived above, is not guaranteed of victory.  In fact, it can hasten the advent of the “doomsday”, as some people now warn - honestly or dishonestly.  For instance, there may appear irreconcilable disagreements on the composition of the  conference, on the agenda or on the  mode of  taking decisions.  There may also be threats of, or actual, extra-SNC interventions in the course of the proceedings.

 

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IT IS NOT NORTH VS SOUTH

TELL ME WHICH GOVT SINCE INDEPENDANCE IS EXCLUSIVELY NORTHERN OR EXCLUSIVELY SOUTHERN? WHICH PART OF NIGERIA DOES NOT HAVE THEIR SHARE OF OVERNIGHT MULTI-MILLIONAIRES WHO STOLE FROM GOVT COFFERS? IT IS NOT NORTH VS SOUTH, IT THOSE WITH ACCESS TO THE TREASURY VS THOSE WITHOUT, SIMPLE. IF THE NORTHERN LEADERS ARE CORRUPT, THE SOUTHERN LEADERS HAVE BEEN IN POWER NOW FOR 14 YEARS HAS ACCOUNTABILITY IMPROVED? IF NORTHERN LEADERS FAVOUR THE NORTH, HAVE THE SOUTHERN LEADERS NOT FAVOUR THE SOUTH ALSO? WHO IS HAVING THE TOP EDUCATIONAL SYSTEM, OR HEALTHCARE, OR ROADS, OR SECURITY? WHICH PART OF NIGERIA HAS BENEFITED FROM EITHER NORTHERN OR SOUTHERN RULE? NONE! ONLY THE RULERS HAVE BENEFITED. SO IF IT IS NOT US AGAINST THEM WHAT IS IT?

WE HAVE HAD ENOUGH CALLS LETS ACT NOW!

AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE OF DEMOCRACY THE MASSES HAVE SO FAR NOT BEING ABLE TO REFLECT THEIR WISHES, WHAT HOPE CAN WE HAVE THAT THE SNC WILL REFLECT THAT? ARE A NEW BREED OF NIGERIANS GOING TO FALL FROM THE SKY AND ORGANIZE THE SNC? IF NOT WHY ARE THE INTELLECTUALS AND ADVOCATES OF SNC NOT ABLE IN 14 YEARS TO ENSURE THAT COUNCILLORS AT THEIR WARDS ARE ACTUALLY ELECTED? WHAT HOPE DO WE HAVE THAT SUCH INTELLECTUALS WILL SUDDENLY TAKE ON A MORE DIFFICULT TASK OF ENSURING DEMOCRACY NATIONWIDE AND SUCCEED? THE CHOICES WE FACE ARE SIMPLE ENOUGH, EITHER FACE OUR PROBLEMS SQUARELY OR CONTINUE TO CALL FOR ONE THING OR THE OTHER WHICH AT THE END WILL NOT HELP. WE CALLED FOR THE END OF MILITARY RULE, THEN DEMOCRACY, ROTATIONAL PRESIDENCY, FEDERAL CHARACTER, GEOPOLITICAL ZONES, DERIVATION, NNDC AND NOW SNC.

@IBRAHIM SAAD:IT IS ALSO ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH.

I refuse to live in a fools paradise,the reality in Nigeria is the dichotomy between north and south.The origins of our present debacle can be traced to the amalgamation by the British colonial administration and the subsequent derailment of democracy by the military.The northerners dominated power mostly through undemocratic means and used military fiat to administer,it was totalitarian for more than 40 years.
Those laws made all through those years culminated in the present dispensation,that is the real issue,we have a corrupt ruling class but that corruption was nutured by the corrupt military dictatorships of the past, we cannot depend on them to rescue us from the mess they created.A sovereign national conference in what ever shape or form will for the first time reflect the real wishes of the masses,then we can have a new constitution from the people for the people.That is democracy.

ITS NOT ABOUT REPRESENTATION

".“... in which the delegates would be elected by their people, as the representatives of the sovereign people of Nigeria, in addition to representative of bodies such as labour, the Nigerian Bar Association and civil society groups. These people would be elected independent of the executive and the legislature, but with their support."

I THOUGHT THAT WE ALREADY HOLD AN ELECTION IN WHICH WE SEND REPRESENTATIVES TO ABUJA. IF WE CANT DEFEND THIS DEMOCRACY THEN AN SNC GENERATED ELECTION, WITH A SPRINKLING OF CORRUPT INTELLECTUALS, LABOUR AND CIVIL SOCIETY GROUPS WILL NOT TANSLATE INTO A SUDDEN ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE. WE THINK THAT THIS IS ABOUT NORTH AND SOUTH, WRONG. IT IS ABOUT THE RULING CLASS AND THE REST OF US. IN ANY NATION, MEN OF HONOUR ARE LIKE ACHEBE WHO SPEAK TRUTH TO AUTHORITY AND THERE ARE VERY FEW SUCH MEN IN NIGERIA. NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE RULING CLASS.

INDEPENDENT OF THE EXECUTIVE BUT WITH THEIR SUPPORT INDEED! HOW?!

Prominent northern leader and

Prominent northern leader and former Kaduna State governor, Balarabe Musa, has warned that the refusal of the Presidency and the National Assembly to allow the proposed National Conference to hold could lead to a social revolution or military coup.Musa said the realities on ground showed that it was inevitable for the “sovereign people of Nigeria” to come together and discuss the way forward for the country.According to him, the current debate over revenue sharing formula, in which northern governors are demanding more funds is another indication of the need for the conference.“What we are proposing is a national conference, in which the delegates would be elected by their people, as the representatives of the sovereign people of Nigeria, in addition to representative of bodies such as labour, the Nigerian Bar Association and civil society groups. These people would be elected independent of the executive and the legislature, but with their support.

YOU HAVE SAID IT ALL OSITA

"The bottom line should be to build a soceity where no man will feel oppressed,a constitution based on sound democratic values,where public accountabilty will be paramount in determining good leadership."

NIGERIANS NEED NOTHING MORE THAN THE ABOVE. IF THE CURRENT CONSTITUTION IS RESPECTED AND OBEYED, NO ONE WILL ASK FOR ANYTHING MORE. I URGE ALL NIGERIANS TO UNITE AND ENSURE THAT THOSE WHO LEAD US HAVE THEIR FEET TO THE FIRE SO THAT ONLY THOSE WILLING TO SERVE AND NOT BE SERVED WILL GRAVITATE TO THE TOP. WE MUST NOT GIVE SHELTER AND SUCCOR TO OUR COMMON OPPRESSORS BECAUSE THEY ARE OUR KINSMEN OR BECAUSE THEY COME FROM OUR SIDE OF THE COUNTRY. IMAGINE WHAT WILL HAPPEN IF THE IGBOS AND THE SS JOIN THE REST OF NIGERIA IN SAYING NO TO FUEL PRICE INCREASE. IF THE SS ELDERS CAME OUT PUBLICALLY TO SAY "GEJ YOU ARE OUR SON BUT WE REFUSE TO SUPPORT A POLICY THAT WILL IMPOVERISH OUR PEOPLE". NIGERIA WOULD HAVE BEEN A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT PLACE.

IGBOS ARE JUST LIKE OTHER NIGERIANS, OSITA!

THE AVERAGE SOUTHERNER LOOKS AT THE AVERAGE NORTHERNER AS A SHAGARI, ADAMU CHIROMA, SULTAN, OR EMIR. QUITE THE CONTRARY, THE AVERAGE NORTHERNER IS THAT OPPRESSED FARMER IN BAUCHI, SOKOTO OR KANO WHO HAS MORE IN COMMON TO THE FISHERMAN IN BONNY WHOS FARM AND RIVER WAS POLLUTED BY OIL, THE IBO TRADER IN AMASIRI WHO STRUGGLE TO PUT HIS KIDS THROUGH PRIMARY SCHOOL AND THE COCOA FARMER FROM EKITI WHO WALKS TO THE MARKET WITH LOAD ON HIS HEAD BECAUSE HE CANT AFFORD THE TRANSPORT FARE. OUR FRUSTRATIONS AND THE EMOTIONAL KNIFE EDGE WE LIVE ON COUPLED WITH THE ABILITY OF OUR OPPRESSORS TO USE BASE EMOTIONS SUCH AS RELIGION AND TRIBE HAS BLINDED US AND PREVENT US FROM A SERIOUS ATTEMPT AT UNDERSTANDING EACH OTHER AND GETTING TO THE ROOT OF OUR PROBLEMS. SNC, DEMOCRACY, PARTITION OR CONFEDERATION HAS NO CHANCE OF IMPROVING OUR SITUATION AS LONG AS THESE OPPRESSORS HOLD SWAY.

IBRAHIM SAAD,I RESPECT YOUR SUBTLE BUT TENACIOUS RADICALISM

If the objective is to make our country a more peaceful and progressive soceity and ultimately a safer and more prosperous country for our offspring,then we should all work together.I urge you to log on to POINTBLANKNEWS and go through Ojukwu's interview,maybe you will understand the point of view of the average Igbo person,we have experienced a lot of turbulence in the Nigerian union,some say it is our fault but the reality is and was far from that assertion,if you have your back on the wall,you must respond to that natural stimuli of self defence.We have a lot of issues to sort out to ensure that Nigeria does not disgracefully disintigrate,afterall,there is strenght in numbers and diversity.
The bottom line should be to build a soceity where no man will feel oppressed,a constitution based on sound democratic values,where public accountabilty will be paramount in determining good leadership

Saad Ibrahim

Saad, I really appreciate your consistent constructive position. I wish most of our northern elite would always calmly hold up their viewpoint without unnecessarily being emotional.you seem to be more concerned àbt educating than attackin in defence of a region. I like ür kind of engagement.Osita's points are also valid. And u seem to acknowledge that. I only wish u guys were doin this at a SNC. It wud turn out for our nation's lastin good.

YOU ARE RIGHT OSITA

BUT WHAT YOUR POSITION AMOUNTS TO IS A CALL FOR GOOD GOVERNANCE. SNC OR ITS AFTERMATH WILL NOT DEVELOP THE RESOURCES OF EACH REGION. THE KEY WORDS YOU USED WAS "TABLED FOR DISCUSSION" WHICH MEANS OPINIONS OF THOSE DISCUSSING IS IMPORTANT. FOR NOW MOST NORTHERNERS THINK THE SNC IS ALL ABOUT RESOURCE CONTROL ESPECIALLY AS IT CONCERNS HYDROCARBONS. THIS IS WHY I FEEL THAT OTHER REGIONS WILL ONLY CONSIDER IT AS A WAY TO EXCLUDE THEM FROM THE PROCEEDS OF OIL.

AGAIN THE IMPORTANT THING TO REMEMBER IS THAT SNC CAN DISCUSS AND ARRIVE AT A REASONABLE CONCLUSION TO MUCH OF THE PROBLEMS WE FACE TODAY, BUT AT THE END IT IS LEADERSHIP THAT WILL IMPLEMENT IT. THEN WHY NOT WORK TOWARDS GOOD GOVERNANCE UNDER THE PRESENT SETTING? IT IS DIFFICULT BUT IS A STRUGGLE WORTH FIGHTING FOR. TO LEAVE THIS STRUGGLE AND CLAMOR FOR SNC IS TO ESCAPE OUR RESPONSIBILITIES.

Good as always. I’m a fan.

Good as always. I’m a fan. Your view has merit.

Now, here is my worthless opinion, Nigeria is the case of unfixed problem. You know, that stubborn shit that just won’t flush. Ok, for fifty two years now and counting, we have been cooking on this one Nigeria pot thing and it is burning and smelly and people are saying oh, do not stir the pot, just leave it the way it is, it will fix it self. Hello, where has that happened? Not even suggesting a referendum on what people think about Nigeria as we know it.

“We all know that, today, Somalia simultaneously exists and does not exist.” Yes we do sir. Well, if it happened in Somalia, I think that it can also happen somewhere, soon, near you.

THE SNC

JONATHAN SHOULD STEP ASIDE AND MAKE THE "EDUCATED" WOLE SOYINKA THE PRESIDENT!!!!. THE ETHNIC CULT WILL SURELY SHUT UP!!!.

SNC cannot change anything

Senator Ken Nnamani said the provision of the present constitution isn't been obeyed, are we going to amend constitution until it obeys itself? He was right, the problem has never been constitution. It is the people, corrupt people, when you vote do they count it? as long as PDP is in govt even if an angel is their candidate they will corrupt the angel. GEJ cannot do a thing.

sovereignty

elected officials do not have sovereignty...the people or voters do...

contradiction...

'if' we can make it work...is it working?...then we cannot make it work...

THEN FIX IT OSITA

THE CONSTITUTION HAS WITHIN IT PROVISION FOR THE ABROGATION OR CORRECTION FOR ANY SECTION. IT HAS GIVEN US THE RIGHT TO DO ANYTHING TO IT WHEN THERE IS A 2/3 MAJORITY. THE SAME PEOPLE WHO CANNOT PRODUCE A 2/3 MAJORITY IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY ARE NOW CALLING FOR SNC.

IF THERE IS A DISPROPORTIONATE AMOUNT OF STATES IN THE NORTH, ON WHAT BASIS WILL THE SNC CALL FOR REPRESENTATIVES? BECAUSE I KNOW AND YOU KNOW THAT IF IT BASED ON TRIBES, ETHNICITY OR SENATORIAL ZONES THE NORTH STILL HAS THE MAJORITY.

IN THE CURRENT NIGERIAN SITUATION YOU HAVE ONLY TWO OPTIONS, USE THE POWER OF PERSUASIVE NEGOTIATION IN A DEMOCRATIC SETTING OR GO TO WAR AGAIN. YOU NEED THE SAME NORTHERNERS YOU DESPISE TO ACHIEVE YOUR POLITICAL OBJECTIVES. THIS GOES TO SHOW THE NEED FOR MUTUAL RESPECT AND UNITY INSTEAD OF HATRED AND DIVISIVENESS.

A CONSTITUTION IS A CONSTITUTION

A DAY AFTER THE SNC THOSE WHO REACHED THE AGREEMENT WILL ULTIMATELY PRODUCE A GUIDING DOCUMENT CALLED THE CONSTITUTION WHICH THOSE WHO ARE TO LEAD US WILL HOPEFULLY FOLLOW. HOW WILL THEY RESPECT THAT CONSTITUTION WHEN THEY DONT RESPECT THE ONE WE HAVE NOW? ARE WE EXPECTING A MIRACLE THAT WILL SENSITIZE NIGERIANS TO TAKE UP THE RESPONSIBILITY WE HAVE SO FAR ABANDON? WHAT MAGIC WILL THE SNC PRODUCE THAT WILL TRANSFORM NIGERIANS OVERNIGHT TO GUARDIANS OF THE CONSTITUTION AND DEMOCRACY?

@SAAD IBRAHIM:I BEG TO DIFFER.

Resource control is a contentious issue and probably the reason for fear from the north,but it is just one of the many issues to be discussed.I do not agree with your statistic of 1/5 in support of resource control and who says it must be automatic or total,it will all be tabled for discussion,I personally believe that the SS deserves more than they are getting and also there should be a plan to develop the resources of the other regions before any meaninful fiscal independece can be attained,the north has the ability to feed the whole country ,this is a huge resource if well exploited,same with the middles belt,agriculture and other minerals are found.The SW,SS and SE are blessed with commerce,agriculture and hydrocarbon deposits.The sooner every region knows that they will de fiscally independent say in the next 10-20 years ,you will see hard work and progress,nobody wants to die of hunger.In Biafra we refined oil and developed our technology quickly because we had to survive.

OSITA DIOKA

WHATEVER YOU CANT ACHIEVE IN THE CURRENT DEMOCRATIC DISPENSATION CANNOT BE ACHIEVED BY A SNC. THE REASON IS SIMPLE WHATEVER WE WILL DISCUSS IN THE SNC HAS TO BE RATIFIED BY MAJORITY APPROVAL. THOSE WHO WILL OPT FOR THE SO-CALLED RESOURCE CONTROL WILL AMOUNT TO A FIFTH OF NIGERIA AT MOST. IT IS UP TO YOU TO TELL ME HOW THEY WILL FORCE IT ON THE REST OF NIGERIA.

BECAUSE WE HAVE TAKEN THE EASY WAY OUT BY GIVING UP ON THE PRESENT DEMOCRATIC SYSTEM, WE DONT CARE TO READ THE CONSTITUTION. THE SOLUTION YOU SEEK IS IN THE CONSTITUTION IF YOU CARE TO LOOK. CUSTOMARY LAW OF THE SOUTH AND SHARIA LAW OF THE NORTH HAVE THE SAME PROVISIONS IN THE CONSTITUTION. IN THE IGBO CUSTOM THE LION SHARE OF INHERITANCE GOES TO THE FIRST BORN, JUST LIKE IN THE MUSLIM SHARIA A MAN CAN MARRY 4 WIVES. BOTH ARE LIMITED. WHEN NORTHERN POLITICIANS IGNORANT OF THESE PROVISIONS INTRODUCE WHAT THEY CALL "FULL" SHARIA, NOBODY TABLE THAT IN THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY OR CONSTITUTIONAL COURTS. SO THEY GET AWAY WITH IT.

@SAAD IBRAHIM :STOP PRETENDING TO BE BLIND,WHAT CONSTITUTION?

The constitution we have was handed down by the military,there is no basis for you to make assertions based on this military document,it is massivly defective,it is lopsided and intentionally designed to favour the north,that is the basis the agitations for a SNC.It is impossible to make amendments because a 2/3 majority is needed and the military stonewalled this by creating a disproportionate amount of states and local governments in the north.This is why subversive northerners like you want to prevent a peaceful SNC.
Believe me Ibrahim,the wishes of the masses is democracy and it will prevail despite your habit of constantly refering to technicalities,which do not exist.The bottom line is that the momentum is building up both in the north and the south.When yar'adua was sick and incapable of doing his duties I remember subversive northerners using technicalities to explain why the then Vice president could not take over.Democracy will win.

Good Job

Impressive, this is a short, precise and educative piece. A well thought out article and a good guide for the commencement of a SNC. You are evidently a deep thinker and an articulate writer. A honest projection of the situation is very well expressed in this piece. Well done, Edwin

Ogun & Amadioha pack your people and leave Abuja now

Before any talk let all ill feeling worshippers of trees and stones pack and go

No Sovereign Conference just go your way we dont need you

Southern Nigerians be aware that no more will our blood be spill to re-capture Enugu or Ibadan, therefore we dont need to talk anything, whoever need to go just declare your republic, call your reps from Abuja home and bye bye

READ THE CONSTITUTION!

"Here the SNC should “agree on a list of enforceable and justiciable(sic) human rights to be enjoyed by all Nigerians with immediate effect, not at an unspecified future”... “Here the terms of relationships that should exist between organized religions and the Nigerian state should be stated in clear terms”. I added that “there should be no ambiguity here”."

each ONE OF THESE PROPOSALS HAS BEEN GUARANTEED, UNAMBIGUOUSLY BY THE FEDERAL CONSTITUTION WE OPERATE NOW. A GATHERING FOR SNC WILL NOT MAKE NIGERIANS ENSURE THAT THESE RIGHTS ARE RESPECTED BY OUR RULERS IF WE CANT DO IT NOW. WE LIVE IN THE NOW, OUR LIVES ARE HAPPENING NOW, WE MUST SEEK OUR CONSTITUTIONALLY GUARANTEED RIGHTS NOW! FINE GRAMMAR, ELEGANT CLASSIFICATIONS WONT TAKE US ANYWHERE. IF WE ALLOW THE CONSTITUTION TO BE DISRESPECTED NOW, SNC CANNOT MAKE OUR CONSTITUTION SUDDENLY EARN RESPECT SIMPLY BECAUSE IMMINENT NIGERIANS HAVE A JAW-JAW. THEY STANDBY NOW JUST AS THEY WILL AFTER THE SNC.

SNC:THE ALTERNATIVE MAY BE CATASTROPHIC.

Nigeria is on a one-way express road to self destruction,if the forces of retrogresssion who seek to surpress the genuine and peaceful desires of the vast majority to revisit and discuss some hard issues fundermental to our existence as an entity should have thier way.I agree with the writer that this desire is not driven by ideology but by necessity,the forces of opposition to a SNC only belong to that class of Nigerians who selfishly exploit the dysfunctional status quo for selfish reasons and those who fear for atrocities committed in the past,especially with regards to the plundering of the economy and human rights.Nigeria must not be allowed to disintegrate violently,the security situation in the country especially in the moslem north is a source of worry,the idea of two parallel laws(sharia and civil law) interpreting the same constitution is impractical,marginalization,corruption and undeserved impovrishment,is unacceptable.The only option is the SNC.

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH NIGERIA

THERE IS NOTHING WRONG WITH NIGERIA IF WE CAN MAKE IT WORK. THESE AGITATIONS ARE BECAUSE OF LACK OF BASIC NECESSITIES OF LIFE OCCASIONED BY MASSIVE CORRUPTION AIDED AND ABETTED BY VOTER APATHY AND TIMIDITY. WE DONT EVEN WANT TO CALL ERRING POLITICIANS TO ORDER FOR FEAR OF REPRISALS SO WE SETTLE FOR THE LESS INTIMIDATING CALL FOR SNC. EVERY TOM DICK AND HARRY CAN SLEEP WELL IN HIS HOME AFTER A CALL FOR SNC, BUT WILL HE SLEEP WELL AFTER A CALL FOR THE PROSECUTION OF THE PRESIDENT FOR REFUSING TO DECLARE HIS ASSETS? WHAT HAPPENS WHEN WE CALL FOR THE PROSECUTION OF THE PRESIDENT FOR DERELICTION OF DUTY BY ALLOWING A TERRORIST GROUP TO KILL NIGERIANS WITH IMPUNITY? WHAT WILL HAPPEN WHEN WE CALL FOR THE PROSECUTION AND IMPEACHMENT OF GOVERNORS FOR ILLEGALLY POCKETING "SECURITY VOTES". ANYTHING WE CANT ACCEPT FROM OUR LEADERS MUST BE MADE CLEAR, OTHERWISE THEY WILL MISTAKE IT FOR ACCEPTANCE.