We The People Do Not Need A National Conference That Requires A National Assembly Ratification
President Jonathan has said his Administration will forward the deliberations of the proposed National Conference to the National Assembly for ratification. And the National Assembly had promptly supported his stand arguing that there can be no two sovereign at the same time, but we want to believe that the President and the National Assembly either do not know what they are saying or they simply misfired because the National Assembly or even the Government of Nigeria itself is not really the sovereign; the true sovereign is the Nigerian people, for as the constitution says in section 14, subsection 2a; “Sovereignty belongs to the people of Nigeria from whom government through this constitution derives all its powers and authority.” It did not say that sovereignty belongs to the Government of Nigeria. As a result, we would have the President and the National Assembly know that they are only first among equals and that they hold power only in trust for the people; for without the Nigerian people, they are nothing. And the Nigerian people certainly do not need a National Conference whose work must be vetted and validated by any part of the moribund status quo. To that extent, whatever comes out of the proposed National Conference, if it did eventually holds must only be ratified by a referendum of the Nigerian people; anything short of that will be unacceptable, and we might just as well forget it.
More vitally important is the fact that the President and the National Assembly must be reminded that if the structure of Nigeria as presently constituted is that good, and if they who are in government have been governing functionally, there would be no need for a National Conference, and the Nigerian people perhaps won’t be calling for one.
Therefore, we the people do not need a National Conference if its deliberations will have to be subjected to an unhelpful National Assembly that is part of a stagnant status quo.
With courage and determination,
Eneruvie Enakoko, Tunde Adetula, Papa Siakpere, Nojeem Ekeolere, Wole Adebayo and all of the Conscience Reports Team.
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