The Committee for the Defence of Human Rights (CDHR) says urgent implementation of the 2014 Constitutional Conference Report (CCR) is key to addressing socioeconomic and political problems confronting Nigeria.
The group through its Ebonyi State Chairman, Mr Emeka Anosike made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abakaliki.
The committee, which decried the Federal Government’s delay in implementing the conference report, said it was in support of the current call and agitation by groups and notable Nigerians to implement it.
According to him, the current call and agitation by Nigerians from all works of life and ethnic backgrounds for the implementation of the 2014 Constitutional Conference shows that the people are united in the call.
He said that the document provided answers and solutions to the problems affecting the country since independence and called on the Federal Government to respect the views of Nigerians on the issue.
“Nigerians from all works of life across political, social, cultural and religious divides as well as from different ethnic backgrounds are calling for the implementation of the 2014 Constitutional Conference report
“Restructuring of Nigeria is germane in solving the country’s multifaceted problems and 2014 constitutional conference report provides genuine answers and solutions to these problem.
“We as a rights group have been privileged to peruse critically through the document; I want to say without any equivocation that the report is a masterpiece and has provided answers and solutions to our problems as a country and as a people.
“We believe in the continued existence of Nigeria as one indivisible entity and we are also opposed to any violent disintegration hence the need to implement the report of the conference which undoubtedly has clearly provided the basis for this unity.
“What we are saying is that the implementation of the 2014 Constitutional Conference Report is very strategic in addressing the rising ethnic agitations, separatist calls, clamour for resource control, power sharing among the
six geopolitical zones, among others.
“The Federal Government should commence the process of making this document become part of our law by presenting the report before the National Assembly as an executive bill so that legislative action can commence on it,” Anosike said.
He said that the committee was committed to any legitimate move or struggle aimed at fast tracking the process of implementing the report.
The activist further pledged the group’s readiness to synergise with other groups with similar views in mounting pressure on the Federal Government to do the needful.
“The Federal Government must therefore act fast in the face of the present calls and agitation for the implementation of the 2014 confab report to prove that it is committed to the existence of one true united and indivisible Nigeria.
“Implementing the report will set in motion the process for restructuring exercise that will enthrone true federalism where justice, equity and rule of law will reign supreme,” he said.