Analysis Of The Institutional And Legal Framework For Sovereign National Conference Of 2014 In Nigeria

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Analysis Of The Institutional And Legal Framework For Sovereign National Conference Of 2014 In Nigeria

Abstract

Initiated by President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, in 2014 National conference aims to construct a viable, stable, and just political system in Nigeria. This is in direct opposition to the opposition’s and other groups’ persistent requests for a sovereign national assembly to address the country’s national question, which is characterised by systemic contradictions, distortions, marginalization, and institutional brutality. This has not prevented the “forced” National Dialogue from causing problems for the opposition and regular citizens in Nigerian society. Among the concerns that must be addressed are dialogue’s capacity, competency, and legitimacy to address basic national challenges such as calls for justiciable fiscal federalism, systemic imbalances, self-determination, and resource control. The Dialogue must also be legitimate in order to address these important national issues. Will the Dialogue, as a starting point, drastically redesign and improve the nation’s political destiny by solidifying national unity, or will it destabilize and destabilize? In addition to the first two concerns, the National Assembly is concerned that the conference report will not be adopted as a legal instrument capable of protecting Nigeria’s unity in diversity in the face of threats to Nigeria’s unity and corporate identity, given the idiosyncratic nature, lineage, and apparent power configuration of President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, as well as the sovereign limitations of the Dialogue. Will the report of the Dialogue avoid the same fate as previous initiatives, such as the Oputa Panel on Human Rights Abuse and the Nigerian Political Reform Conference under the administration of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, in which the report was equivocal and subsequently died? How significant is the government’s opposition to having a sovereign summit, and why has the administration declared that future conversations on Nigerian unity are “off-limits”? This research will need to determine how the National Conference/Dialogue will effect Nigeria’s ability to remain together despite its many ethnic and religious groups. This is only one of the many obstacles that will need to be overcome.

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