…says Nigeria must confront realities facing her
Raymond Ozoji, Awka
The Senator representing Anambra-central senatorial district at the National Assembly Sen. Victor Umeh has said that he is billed to receive an award for moving the best motion on the floor of the senate for the current legislative year.
Umeh who spoke with journalists in Awka on Tuesday, said the award ceremony comes up 10th November this year at the Merit House Abuja. He further revealed that the senate press core having gone through all the motions proposed on the floor of the senate, selected his motion on ‘Illegal Confinement of Underaged Children of Nigeria Below the age of 16 in Prisons with Adult Inmates’.
The motion according to him received the applause and support of all the senators in the plenary and that all the prayers contained in the motion were granted by the senate even as he pointed out that the country has not been fair to the youths.
He stated that in spite of the situation, the legislature would continue to make good laws so that with the passage of time, Nigeria would be able to catch up with developed democracies in the world.
On Nigeria’s 58th Independence Anniversary, Umeh observed that the country was a mixture of the good, the bad and the ugly, noting that the nation had done well in some areas as well as had its challenges.
He said the major challenge facing the country was the challenge of leadership and that the leadership had not been effective in uniting the nation, emphasising that due to the accident of the union called Nigeria, occasioned by the lack of concensus the country had been enmeshed in agitations and counter agitations.
The former National Chairman of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) also observed that since 1970, the country had been suffering from lack of unity of purpose as the military dictatorship balcanised the country into states and local governments without recourse to criteria for equity, justice and fairness.
The distinguished senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria noted that the country had not been fortunate to have a constitution made by Nigerians. He added that the 1999 constitution was a creation of the military rule and that the said constitution had made it practically impossible to effect any adjustment in the present status quo which according to him was the remote reason for the call on restructuring the country.
Umeh reiterated the fact that at 58, Nigeria must confront the realities facing her part of which was to look at the current constitutional framework the country operated and remove frustrations from the constitution.
He said there might be dire consequences if the leadership continues to postpone the restructuring mantra stressing that it is important to solve the problems facing the nation so that the North, South, East and West would be proud to be called Nigerians.