Jonathan calls for implementation of 2014 CONFAB

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By Shina Badmus

Former President Goodluck Jonathan has called on the authorities to implement the 2014 national confab which his administration convened,adding that most of the problems facing the country would be addressed if the 2014 confab report was implemented.

Dr Jonathan said this on July 11 in Lagos, during the public presentation of a 669-page book, titled: “The Dream: Pursuing the Black Renaissance through the Murky Waters of Nigerian Politics”, written by notable politician, Senator Femi Okurounmu.

He added that it was imperative to set aside political differences in the country and implement the CONFAB, which his government could not implement due to time constraint, as the 2015 electioneering, had reached its peak.

Jonathan however appraised the institutionalization of the appointment of chairman and members of the Independent National Electoral Commission to give more credibility to the elections conducted by the commission.

According to him, “I believe the constitutional conference will solve our immediate challenges. My administration was prepared to change the narrative of our constitutional democracy with the assurance that sovereignty belongs to the people.

“However, we were time constrained. The conference was conducted one year to the end of my tenure. We did not have the time, even the National Assembly which supposed to validate the report was busy with political survival.

“I did not insist on rushed implementation because my administration did not set out to achieve political popularity but to genuinely advance the course of nation building.”