Abioye Olarewaju in Ilorin in this report captures the urgency in the call by the Emir of Ilorin, Sulu Gambari on President Mu- hammadu Buhari to implement, without delay, report of the 2014 CONFAB during an interaction with the state Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists
An unlikely but strong voice from the North Central geo-political zones yesterday joined the growing voices of stake-holders from across the six geo-political zones in the country, urging President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the 2014 National Conference Report, approved by the National Council of State under the immediate Presidency of Dr Ebele Goodluck Jonathan. That North Central zone voice is the Emir of Ilorin, Alhaji Ibrahim Sulu- Gambari.
He advised President Muhammadu Buhari to commence process that will lead to implementation of the 2014
n a t i o n a l conference as a way to restructure Nigeria.
T h e Emir made the call yesterday in his palace while s p e a king with members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari whom was a member of the delegate at the conference said Nigeria needs restructuring.
The Emir was of the view that the report of the national conference should not be thrown away. The emir aligned his voice with many other strong civil society voices like renown constitutional lawyer, Ben Nwabueze, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Hassan Kukah, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Chairman of the Northern Elders Forum, Alhaji Tanko Yakassai, leaders of the Yoruba sociopolitical group, Afenifere and the Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, political parties like Labour , the Nigeria Labour Congress, Nigeria Union of Teachers and youth organisations like the National Youth Council of Nigeria, Ijaw Youth Congress and others “The report does not have the force of the law yet and it needs to be given because it was the voice of the people that was not imposed on the people,” the Emir added.
He therefore advised the President to pass the report in form of a bill to the National Assembly in order to be included in the constitution and law for the good of the nation.
“The law is made for the people and people are not made for law. Nigerian people have gathered for a purpose, the people have spoken
through their representatives. “So the parliament would have to endorse it for necessary criteria that had been drawn up in the constitution.
“Having done that, it will now be passed as a bill and people of Nigeria can now say they have given unto themselves this piece in the constitution,” the Emir added.
According to him, the constitution presently in operation in the country was given to the people of Nigeria by the military.
“The military only gave us that one to guide and rule us. Men are not supposed to be made for law, but rather, laws are supposed to be made for men.
“Men should be supreme and the constitution of Nigeria is the ground norm; the highest law in the land,” the Emir said.
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari said since Nigeria was in the period of restricting, the document gathered during the confab should be looked into as part of documents for restructuring.
“I believe it should not be thrown into dustbin as the experienced professor, Professor Agboola Gambari, has said”, he said.
The Emir of Ilorin also called on the federal government to fish out identified sponsors of deadly Boko Haram insurgency in the country.
He expressed the hope that the insurgency would come to an end when the sponsors are identified.
Dr Sulu-Gambari also said that the state was glad to have Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, from the state, assuring that the number three man would perform creditably for the national growth and progress.
The monarch charged journalists to be socially responsible in their news writing at every critical moment and admonished them to protect corporate existence of Nigeria.
According to him, Journalists have crucial roles to play in promoting the peace and stability of the country and advised them not write anything that will divide the country or its people.
“We have gone far enough as a country, we should see anything that happens as part of happenings of something in embryo or still growing because we are still growing with a lot to learn from our mistakes.
“We should not stop existing as a country, your job should be tailored towards securing peace and harmony in the country, alongside other responsibilities of educating, informing and entertaining people,” the Emir added.
Alhaji Sulu-Gambari added that without peace, journalists cannot function well and prayed to God to continue to give Nigeria peace and put an end to Boko Haram attacks in the country.