CONSTITUTIONAL lawyer and human rights activist, Chief Mike Ozekhome (SAN) has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari’s search for solutions to myriad of problems confronting the nation would remain elusive unless he implements the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference. There has been an upsurge in demands for the restructuring of the nation by various interest groups across the country. Addressing journalists in Abuja on the state of the nation, Chief Ozekhome emphasized that solutions to the problems confronting the nation are well articulated in the 2014 confab report. According to him, the delegates made over 600 far- reaching recommendations on “devolution of power; true fiscal federalism; state and community police; Supreme Court for every state of the federation,” amongst others. What Buhari is looking for in Sokoto is already in his sokoto. “We can’t get it right until we enthrone fiscal federalism again like the pre-independent and post- independent era.” Reacting to the position of some Northern delegates led by Ibrahim Mantu that recently repudiated the recommendations of the confab, Chief Ozekhome expressed shock over their volte face, and declared that despite the hot debates on sensitive issues, the 491 delegates were eventually able to reach consensus before making their final recommendations. “It is heretic for any participant of the conference to say they do not want the report implemented.” Agreeing with the call by Speaker of the House of Representatives for the postponement of the forthcoming population census, Chief Ozekhome said conducting the census might lead to chaos in the country as it would be coming too close to the general elections in 2019. He suggested that the conduct of the next national census should be left to the next President. “To the question of conducting a National Census in 2018, I want to state that historical revisionists, those who do not mean well for the country will use it as a stimulant to disorganize Nigeria, so that elections do not even hold in 2019. So I totally agree that whosoever emerges as the next President, one of the first tasks, he should immediately embark upon is to quickly have a head count. He wondered why there should be a rush to conduct a head count now. “If we have not done it for more than ten years, there is no reason to rush it between now and 2019, because I can assure you that serious politicking would have commenced, you know Nigeria is known for politicking and not governance. In the first two years, we have already finished governance and we start politicking again.

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