President Goodluck Jonathan’s Advisory Committee, Cautioned
MOSOP President/Spokesman Dr. Goodluck Diigbo is concerned that if the Advisory Committee sets SNC Agenda, it will damage the process and makes its outcome irrelevant. He notes the Sovereign Conference is Jonathan’s boldest step so far.
MOSOP President / Spokesman, Dr. Goodluck Diigbo welcomes the inauguration on Monday, October 07, 2013 of the Presidential Advisory Committee on convening a Sovereign National Conference in Nigeria, saying “no other legacy of President Goodluck Jonathan can compensate for the failure of the Sovereign National Conference (SNC).” Diigbo said the proposed Conference strengthens Ogoni Self –Government declaration of August 2, 2012, instead to diminish it. “I have asked my fellow Ogoni people to continually nurture their self-government. We asked for a Sovereign Conference, not as slaves or a colony, but to put slavery and internal colonialism behind us,” Diigbo said.
On agenda: “The Advisory Committee to the President has no powers to set SNC agenda, beyond advising the president on how to facilitate the Conference on the basis of equality of ethnic representation. While compromises may be necessary in order to agree on key differences, the Sovereign National Conference, more than anything else, requires compliance with ‘due process,’ which pre-emptive agenda might short-change, corrupt, jeopardize and damage outcome,” Diigbo declared.
“Where was his closest adviser when he dominated the committee with men; these politicians and academicians? It doesn’t communicate the degree of seriousness I presume Jonathan attaches to SNC. It doesn’t minimize his boldest step so far, though. Its composition shouldn’t limit SNC vision to mere intellectual purposes, or permit politicians to concoct it to fit their scheme. SNC must be driven to the moral end, for its outcome to be credible and acceptable,” Diigbo stated.
“We are not sheep. MOSOP will monitor the process from now on to guide any future decision by the Ogoni people,” Diigbo hinted, saying, “this is where we are for now.”