Former leader, Goodluck Jonathan has advised President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the 2015 National Confab report, adding that it was the key to solving the many challenges plaguing the country.
Speaking to Governor Seriake Dickson who led a delegation to brief the ex-president on work being done by a committee set up by Ijaw leaders on restructuring, at his residence in Yenagoa, Bayelsa state, Jonathan pointed out that many of the current issues which fall under the purview of the committee were exhaustively treated during the 2014 National Conference which when sincerely implemented would douse tension in the polity.
He said it was a good idea that the All Progressives Congress (APC) was able to set up a committee to look into the same grey areas which featured prominently in the deliberations of the 2014 Conference.
It will be recalled that in the first quarter of 2014, Jonathan inaugurated a 492-member body headed by Justice Idris Kutigi, which after about four months, submitted its report on which the majority agreed on several issues affecting the country.
Once queried on why he did not implement the report, Jonathan disclosed that the time when the report was turned in and the 2015 election was too short to do execute anything. He said;
“I am pleased with the calibre of people who came with the governor to brief me on the issue of the recommendations of the APC Committee on restructuring.
I must say that I am happy with the role being played by the governor on this issue of restructuring. Ethnic nationalities must not speak with discordant tunes on such pertinent issues. I am pleased that Dickson is coordinating the Ijaw nation.
I am also pleased that the APC set up a committee to look into the grey areas to come up with these recommendations. When we were in government, we came up with a confab and several issues were addressed which if sincerely implemented would encourage relationship in the country.
A sincere implementation of the recommendations on these grey areas will make the country to move forward”.