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Why I didn’t implement 2014 confab report – Ex-president Jonathan

Valentine Chinyem

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has given insight as to why he his administration did not implement the report of 2014 national conference.

According to him, time constraint between the confab and the 2015 electioneering period, hampered the total implementation of the recommendations of the confab.

The former president said this in Lagos, during the public presentation of a 669-page book, The Dream: Pursuing the Black Renaissance through the Murky Waters of Nigerian Politics, written by Senator Femi Okurounmu.

He praised the institutionalization of the appointment of chairman and members of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to give more credibility to elections.

He said most of the problems facing the country would be addressed if 2014 confab report was implemented.

Jonathan said, “I believe the constitutional conference will solve our immediate challenges. My administration was prepared to change the narrative of our constitutional democracy with the assurance that sovereignty belongs to the people.

“However, we were constrained by time. The conference was conducted one year to the end of my tenure.

“We did not have the time; even the National Assembly which ought to have validated the report was busy with political survival. I did not insist on a rushed implementation because my administration did not set out to achieve political popularity but to genuinely advance the course of nation-building.”