3 October 2017
By James Ojo
The Presidency has asserted that the Federal Government would not use the 2014 Confab report, despite calls from some quarters that the recommendations be considered and implemented, because the report was not inclusive.
Disclosing this when he appeared on Channels Television’s programme over the weekend billed to mark Nigeria’s 57th Independence anniversary celebrations, Senior Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari, Garba Shehu ruled out the likelihood of implementing the report.
When asked why the Federal Government would not consider the report, Shehu said: “It was not an inclusive conference. You very well recall that the leaders of our own party – whether ACN and all of that and the governors were missing from that conference.
“To make matters worse, the confab was heavily criticised but the Goodluck Jonathan administration went on with it. This (the confab) was lopsided in terms of representation, ethnically, religiously, regionally; and they were insensitive to all of these things and then they want to force it down the throats of everyone. That is why it’s a problem.”
Cerebral Lemon recalls President Buhari had tasked aggrieved Nigerians to take their grievances to the National Assembly which he said had the constitutional powers to address such concerns.
But there had been concerns that it would be impossible to get the National Assembly to make laws in line with the desires and wishes of Nigerians, especially as such laws may be detrimental to interests represented by the lawmakers.
Reacting to the concerns raised in some quarters, the President’s spokesman said he is unperturbed.
He said: “The members of the National Assembly are not aliens and they don’t come from the moon. They are Nigerians and they are representing definite constituencies in some of the states. So, they are serving the purpose of representation. Why can’t they be trusted?”
He went on to allege that those behind the agitation in the country were those who had failed the nation in the past.
“It is not like I have no respect for older people. But there are people who think that they have messed up this country so much that they now want to resolve the problems that they created and they are in a hurry to do that,” he added.