A communique by Ambassador Ahmed Magaji, for the Convener, said that the leaders, drawn from Afenifere, the Middle Belt Forum, Northern Elders Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo and Pan Niger Delta Forum met “to deliberate on the state of the nation and critical challenges facing Nigeria” and afterwards briefed the Chairmen of the Nigeria Governors’ Forum, APC Governors Forum and PDP Governors Forum.
The communique stressed that their resolutions, reached after wide consultations with a cross section of leaders of the country would involve mobilization of Nigerians,the setting up of panels of experts to make recommendations of key issues and deployment of individual and collective efforts for implementation.
Full text of the communique reads:
COMMUNIQUE OF THE CONSULTATIVE DIALOGUE OF NIGERIA’s SOCIOCULTURAL POLITICAL ORGANIZATIONS ON THE STATE OF THE NATION.
A Consultative Dialogue involving the following organisations was convened on 9 and 10 September to deliberate on the state of the nation and critical challenges facing Nigeria.
II. Middle Belt Forum
III. Northern Elders’ Forum
IV. OHANEZE Ndigbo
V. Pan Niger Delta Forum
Chairman, Nigeria Governors’ Forum; Chairman, APC Governors Forum and Chairman, PDP Governors Forum were briefed.
2. The Consultative Dialogue was convened and facilitated by His Excellency, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, former President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria following fairly extensive consultations, and support and encouragement received from elder statesmen, traditional, religious, political and business leaders across the length and breadth of Nigeria.
3. The meeting noted the grave dangers Nigeria is facing especially in the areas of deterioration of governance, the economy, security, political intolerance, worsening social and inter-communal cohesion, poor performance of democratic and electoral structures, declining faith in leadership and those charged with leadership at all levels which have combined to push our beloved country to the brink. The meeting identified the primacy of pulling Nigeria back from the brink and resolved to deploy their individual and collective efforts to achieve that objective.
4. The participating organisations commit to support and involve themselves in all activities targeted at improving the Nigerian constitution for the purpose of meeting the yearnings and aspirations of all Nigerian citizens.
5. Participants further resolved to mobilise Nigerians to support and work towards improving understanding and fraternal relations among all groups constituting Nigeria.
6. The meeting further committed itself to work with other organisations, groups and governmental organs at all levels to improve the quality of governance and the democratic and electoral processes as well as on all matters that can positively impact and improve the economic wellbeing of the Nigerian citizen.
7. The meeting agreed to set up Panels of Experts to discuss, address and make recommendations on the following subjects:
a) Nigeria’s federal structure and devolution of power, responsibilities and resources.
c) Electoral reforms and ensuring the integrity and credibility of elections
d) Local Governments autonomy and effective administration
e) The economy and fiscal federalism
f) Judicial reforms
g) Other matters central to the survival of Nigeria
8. The participants resolved to commit themselves to the implementation of agreed reforms and recommendations arising out of this initiative in the speediest and most acceptable process.
Amb. Ahmed Magaji For: Convener