At a session held on Sunday, organised by a group called “the 150 Million Nigerians for Change”, Professor Utomi, expressed belief that the proposed national conference would address the issue.
“We know that something is wrong and any people who find a problem must look at how to solve these problems. And this thing is clear to any serious observer, that part of the Nigerian challenge and the reason Nigeria is not where it should be is that there is a problem of nationality which takes away some commitments to building the Nigerian nation,” he said.
The Tricky Part
Also at the meeting, organised to look at the challenges that the proposed national conference could solve, were other eminent Nigerians among whom are, the leader of the Oodua Peoples Conference, Dr Fredrick Fasehun and a member of the Presidential Advisory committee on National Conference, Mr Tony Uranta.
Dr Fasehun said the proposed conference would create an opportunity to build national trust and define a glorious future for Nigerians.
Looking at the challenges the conference could also pose for the nation, he said: “We have always maintained that whoever brings this dream into reality will have his name written in gold. But the tricky part is how to manage this initiative.
He, however, lauded President Goodluck Jonathan for initiating the conference, saying “the president, through this initiative, has won himself a well-deserved place in history”.