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South-south, south east leaders warn against military coup

, 2012


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The Elders and Leaders of the South-East and the South-South have warned against any undemocratic attempt to overthrow the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the sustained nation-wide strike over the removal of fuel subsidy.
The group alleged that the current protest against the removal of fuel subsidy is a smokescreen to perfect the ploy to make the country ungovernable for Mr. President.

This has been a promise made publicly, by some politicians who lost out during the last presidential election. Led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, the forum however urged the Federal Government to start considering the idea of convening a national conference which it said would offer the component units of the country an opportunity to discuss solution to the fragile unity of Nigeria.

Clark, in a press conference after the South-South elders meeting, in Abuja, said all Nigerians are equal since Nigeria was founded on equal federating units, a reason he said the south-south condemned the turn of events in which a section of Nigeria, most especially the north feels that it owns Nigeria more than the other sections of the country. He said the recent development in Nigeria with the menace of Boko Haram and the threat to the government of the day by some faceless cabal have necessitated the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference for Nigerians to determine whether or not they want Nigeria to remain as a nation or face a break up.

In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the forum condemned in its entirety what it described as unprovoked killings and destruction of property and the ultimatum given to Christians and southerners to leave the northern parts of Nigeria as this is against the spirit, content and intent of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.“That in the event the present crisis degenerates to a point of unmanageable catastrophe as that is clearly the intention of the patrons and sponsors of the present imbroglio, we wish to state unequivocally that no section of this country can escape the ugly outcome of the ensuing crisis as it would do no one any good.

It is their resolve that “if any part of the country feels that it is time for us to rethink the basis of our unity as a country, we wish to state our preparedness to sit with other Nigerians to renegotiate the basis of our continued existence as a country.
“That we wish to remind Mr. President of the sacred constitutional duty of protection of lives and property he swore to uphold and call on him to take every necessary step to safeguard the lives of all Nigerians who in the belief of one united Nigeria are merely seeking means of livelihood in parts of the country other than their home states.

“That while we commend the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the continued maintenance of peace and security in the country, we hereby state unequivocally that any attempt at undemocratic change in the country will be fully resisted. Any such perpetrator shall have no country to preside over.“That we appeal to organized labour, civil society groups and government to embrace dialogue to bring the current pains of Nigerians to an end as soon as possible.”

, 2012

Photo: Sun News Publishing
More Stories on This Section

The Elders and Leaders of the South-East and the South-South have warned against any undemocratic attempt to overthrow the government of President Goodluck Jonathan in the wake of the sustained nation-wide strike over the removal of fuel subsidy. The group alleged that the current protest against the removal of fuel subsidy is a smokescreen to perfect the ploy to make the country ungovernable for Mr. President. This has been a promise made publicly, by some politicians who lost out during the last presidential election. Led by elder statesman, Chief Edwin Clark, the forum however urged the Federal Government to start considering the idea of convening a national conference which it said would offer the component units of the country an opportunity to discuss solution to the fragile unity of Nigeria. Clark, in a press conference after the South-South elders meeting, in Abuja, said all Nigerians are equal since Nigeria was founded on equal federating units, a reason he said the south-south condemned the turn of events in which a section of Nigeria, most especially the north feels that it owns Nigeria more than the other sections of the country. He said the recent development in Nigeria with the menace of Boko Haram and the threat to the government of the day by some faceless cabal have necessitated the convocation of a Sovereign National Conference for Nigerians to determine whether or not they want Nigeria to remain as a nation or face a break up. In a communiqué issued after the meeting, the forum condemned in its entirety what it described as unprovoked killings and destruction of property and the ultimatum given to Christians and southerners to leave the northern parts of Nigeria as this is against the spirit, content and intent of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended.“That in the event the present crisis degenerates to a point of unmanageable catastrophe as that is clearly the intention of the patrons and sponsors of the present imbroglio, we wish to state unequivocally that no section of this country can escape the ugly outcome of the ensuing crisis as it would do no one any good. It is their resolve that “if any part of the country feels that it is time for us to rethink the basis of our unity as a country, we wish to state our preparedness to sit with other Nigerians to renegotiate the basis of our continued existence as a country. “That we wish to remind Mr. President of the sacred constitutional duty of protection of lives and property he swore to uphold and call on him to take every necessary step to safeguard the lives of all Nigerians who in the belief of one united Nigeria are merely seeking means of livelihood in parts of the country other than their home states. “That while we commend the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria for the continued maintenance of peace and security in the country, we hereby state unequivocally that any attempt at undemocratic change in the country will be fully resisted. Any such perpetrator shall have no country to preside over.“That we appeal to organized labour, civil society groups and government to embrace dialogue to bring the current pains of Nigerians to an end as soon as possible.”

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