Anyaoku Tasks Candidates On Peace Pact

anyaokuThe Chairman of the Abuja Accord of January 14, 2015, Chief Emeka Anyaoku, has urged presidential candidates for the elections on Saturday to make conscious efforts to observe the agreement of the accord.

In a statement made available to journalists, Chief Anyaoku observed that despite the agreement, election campaigns have been characterized by hate speeches and violence in some areas.

While he commended security agencies for helping to keep the incidents minimal, Chief Anyaoku stated that the real test of the accord would be during the elections and the days after.

Mr Anyaoku, in the statement, pleaded with political leaders to be more actively engaged in advocating non-violence to their supporters.

He also encouraged everyone to work towards maintaining a positive image for the country as all eyes of the international community are on Nigeria to conduct free, fair and peaceful elections.

Insecurity: Anyaoku Briefs National Confab On Possible Solutions

Emeka-Anyaoku2The chairman of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations, Mr Emeka Anyaoku, says Nigeria must seek closer ties with its neighbours in the north-eastern region for the fight against insurgents to yield needed result.

Mr Anyaoku, a former Commonwealth Secretary-General, gave the advice during a meeting with the national conference Committee on Foreign Policy in Abuja on Friday.

The committee is just one of the committees that decided to have an extra meeting on Friday in a bid to ensure that they complete their assignment within the stipulated time.

The National Conference usually does not sit on Fridays but some committees held meetings and sought for suggestions that could help end the insurgency in the north east.

The Committee on Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters met with the Chairman and some members of the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations, with Mr Anyaoku suggesting some steps Nigeria must take to end terror attacks.

In an earlier meeting in Abuja between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Presidential Advisory Council on International Relations, the increasing insecurity in the north east was discussed. The council expressed worries over the impact that the insecurity would have on Nigeria’s foreign policy.

“We talked about the impact of insecurity on Nigeria’s image abroad and we talked about how the government’s activities to check and control the security incidents in the country could be perfected.

“The president carefully considered all the issues we raised and responded accordingly. Some immediately and others in due course,” he said.

The Nigerian President had said the government would consider a review of the treaty with Chad and Cameroon, sharing common borders with Nigeria in the north eastern region to enable the military pursue insurgents into the countries without restrictions.

At the National Conference, the committee on National Security also met and received a report from one of its sub-committees.

Another committee that planned to meet was the committee on transport, but only one delegate was at the meeting room.

For most of the committees, they will be meeting on Monday to continue where they left off for the week. Each committee will have from Monday till Wednesday to complete their work and come up with recommendations.

The National Conference started in March and they have three months to finish their deliberations on issues of national interest and submit recommendation expected to create a better future for Nigeria.





Increased exclusive list weakens federalism – INEC REC

The Cross River State Resident Electoral Commission (REC), Mike Igini on Thursday said that increasing the number of items on the exclusive list have weaken the federating units in Nigeria.

Mr Igini, who was a guest on Channels Television’s breakfast programme, Sunrise Daily, said federalism is the key to development in Nigeria.
He said: “the world has not lacked leaders but what we are grabbling with worldwide is development. The forefathers of Nigeria made painstaking efforts and came up with the idea of federalism.

“You find out that in the first republic, that was the golden era of development in Nigeria. Why?

“It was because as at that time, if you look at the constitution, we had only 44 items on the exclusive list. In 1963 we had 45 now in 1979 the exclusive list for the federal tiers was now increased to 66 and under the current constitution we have 68 items.

“With the increase of the exclusive list, you weaken the federating units in terms of development.”

Mr Igini was speaking against the background of the speech delivered on Tuesday by the former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Emeka Anyaoku at the launch of a book entitled: “Reforming the Unreformable,” written by the Coordinating Minister for the Economy and Minister of Finance, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.

In his speech, Mr Anyaoku advocated a major restructuring of nation’s current political arrangement, pointing out that the desired rapid development and stability would not be achieved without true federalism or regional autonomy.

He described the current structure of 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory as administratively too expensive, with huge recurrent expenditure and leaving only a meagre percentage for the needed capital development and that the current constitution review should form a basis for returning Nigeria to true federalism.