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Much is
yet to come on the issues of restructuring the country after many regional leaders’
activists and Pro-Democracy organs like NADECO had made their views known in
the way restructuring the country should go! PRONACO, Another Pro-Democracy
Organ had also throw it weight behind a return to 1963 constitution and  said it
will re-organise its national confab adjourned in 2007  following calls for the restructuring of the
country.

PRONACO
is a pan-Nigerian movement initiated under the leadership of the late Chief
Anthony Enahoro and the Nobel laureate, Prof. Wole Soyinka, to resolve
Nigeria’s perennial constitutional challenges.
The group
said it had become necessary to reconvene after a series of consultations with
eminent leaders of thought and well-meaning political figures in the country
over restructuring and agitations for self- determination by the Nigerian
people.
In a
statement made available to journalists copy of which urban express news online
obtained yesterday, the group’s spokesman, Mr. Olawale Okunniyi, said the
Nigerian peoples’ confab would adopt the 2007 Peoples’ Draft Constitution as
its confab proposal.
“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 group
said it would soon interface with President Muhammadu Buhari, who incidentally
was the most senior ally and backer of the movement from the northern region
while its confab lasted in 2007, on the urgent need to convene 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.
Although
the group commended the roles which political leaders such as the former Vice
President, Alhaji Atiku Abubarkar and National Leader of the ruling All
Progressives Congress (APC) Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, have been playing on the
issue of restructuring so far, it said it had finalised plans to request some
other frontline national leaders in the country to play key roles towards the
success of the proposed confab tentatively billed to commence in a consultative
mode in January 2018.
The group
disclosed that some eminent leaders of thought, who had played key roles as
stabilising forces in the country such as Prof. Ben Nwabueze, Dr. Ahmed Jodah,
Mallam Adamu Ciroma, Dr. Paul Unongo, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Prof. Ibrahim
Gambari, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Bisi Akande and Dr.
Usman Bugaje had been identified and penciled down for consultations.
“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 government 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 Constitution
adopted as confab proposal,” the PRONACO statement read in part.

The
group’s spokesman also expressed reservation over the current visibility of the
military in the democratic dispensation, saying “It is abnormal and
unnecessary. The police should be allowed to exhaust their capacity before
drafting the military into civil matters.”

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