By Olubori Isah, Media Assistant to PRONACO.
Pro National Conference Organization, PRONACO, a Pan Nigerian Movement intiated, under the leadership of Late Chief Anthony Enahoro and Prof Wole Soyinka, for the resolution of Nigerian perrenial Constitutional challenges, has announced plans to reconvene its adjourned National Confab following the persistence of the logjam over the Restructuring of Nigeria
According to the group’s Spokesperson, Olawale Okunniyi who addressed the press in Lagos on Monday, the move to reconvene the Nigerian peoples’ Confab, which adjourned in May 2007 has become necessary following series of consultations with eminent Leaders of thought and we’ll meaning political leaders in the country over Restructuring and self determination agitations of the Nigerian people.
He said “PRONACO would not like to watch the country slide into a major civil strife before invoking its standing mandate to intervene in the worrisome political tension and ethnic acrimony currently embattling the country’s political space owing to contentions over the constitutional structure of Nigeria
The Confab group however hinted that it will soon interface with President Muhammadu Buhari, who incidentally was the most senior ally and backer of the Movement from the north while its Confab lasted in 2007 to impress on him the urgent need to set up a government driven national consultative panel to advise him on how to proceed on the contentious matter rather than allow it degenerate into a major distraction for governance in the country
PRONACO Secretariat, while commending the role of political leaders such as Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for their resourceful interventions so far said it has finalized plans to request some other frontline National Leaders in the country to play key roles towards the success of the proposed peoples Confab tentatively billed to commence in a consultative mode in January 2018.
“Some of the eminent Leaders of thought already identified to play key roles as stabilising forces at the proposed peoples ‘Confab include; Prof Ben Nwabueze SAN, Dr Ahmed Jodah, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Dr Paul Unongo, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Prof Ibrahim Gambari, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Bisi Akande, Dr Usman Bugaje among others from the Northern and southern divide of the country”
“The proposed confab is expected to be composed of delegates and elective representation from Territorial social movements, ethnic nationality groups, political parties, labour centres, the Private sector, Professional bodies, Youth and women groups as well as governmental agencies, which shall be attending in advisory capacity to join other voting delegates to consider both the 2007 PRONACO’s peoples Constitution as well as the Nigerian 1963 Constitutions adopted as Confab Proposals” PRONACO concluded