Second republic Vice President and chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Mr. Alex Ekwueme, on Sunday, in Abuja, urged the National Assembly to work diligently on the report of the recently concluded National Confab. Ekwueme told journalists that the lawmakers should approve the report expeditiously rather than analysing its content in bits.
“During our time, it was a military government and there was no National Assembly and the document setting us up specified that whatever decision we arrived at would be accepted without amendment by the military government.
“In this case, the issue of whether it should go to the National Assembly or through a referendum should have been agreed before it started. If it goes to the National Assembly, it would be done the same way they handle bills. They will take each section one by one, clause by clause, phrase by phrase and they will start patching and patching. But bearing in mind that the final report was approved unanimously, I think if people are logical and if the National Assembly itself means well, they should go ahead and approve it and not taking it sentence by sentence.”
He added that the decision on whether or not the reports should either be subjected to the ratification of the National Assembly or a referendum should have been taken before the inauguration of the conference.
Ekwueme spoke at the inauguration of a multi-billion naira church project, The Refuge, by the House on the Rock. The elder statesman also admonished politicians against abuse of their offices.
Ekwueme said, “I charge you all, in the words of an illustrious former President of the United States of America, Franklyn Delano Roosevelt, who declared that, ‘In the days of difficulty, we Americans (Nigerians) everywhere must and shall choose the path of social justice, the path of faith, the path of hope, and the path of love towards our fellow man.’ Even so, let us build a great Nigeria whose architect and designer is the Almighty God.”