Leaders of Southern Nigeria under the aegis of Southern Nigeria Peoples Assembly (SNPA) have frowned at the failure of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari to tackle the foreign exchange crisis, electricity and fuel distribution problems in order to stem the tide of companies folding up and job losses.
This was part of the communiqué of the organization at the end of its meeting held in Asaba, Delta State recently.
The communiqué signed by coordinating Chairman/Leader South East, Dr. Alex Ekweme represented by Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, Chief Edwin Clark Co-Chair/Leader South/South represented by Senator Rowland Owie, Co-Chair/Leader South-West, Bishop Rolanle Gbonigi represented by Senator Femi Okuromu, the Southern leader called on the “government to consider bridging the gap between the official and parallel market regimes to synergize the Nigerian economy and to support the business sector”.
The Leaders noted that the unprecedented loss in value of Naira against other major foreign currencies and the inability of business and manufacturing sector to source their foreign exchange has led to fall in productivity of the real sector, increased unemployment and brought untold hardship to Nigerians.
The Elders also noted with regrets the rapid collapse in the nation’s infrastructure especially power to Nigerian, non-regular and disjointed supply of fuel adding that unless the trend is revered more Nigerians will loss businesses and jobs in the nearest future.
Calling on Nigerians to support the anti-corruption efforts and the war on insurgency by President Muhammadu Buhari, the leaders however demanded that the President should respect the rule of law, respect fundamental human rights of citizens and obey the bail orders issued by courts of competent jurisdiction on citizens still held in custody.
“The principle of separation of powers must be applied to advance our democracy. IPOB/MASSOB and other similar non-violent bodies should be treated fairly and given opportunity to be heard” The leaders insisted.
The failure of the Buhari’s administration to implement the resolutions of the 2014 National Conference, the organization noted was unacceptable, maintaining that the resolution if implemented could lead to more just and equitable Nigerian society.
Explaining that the Fulani herdsmen attack could snowball into a crisis to the proportion of Boko Haram, it called on the government to commission a judicial panel of inquiry to investigate all Fulani Herdsmen attack between May 2015 till date and all those found to be directly of remotely involved should be arrested and brought to justice.
The leaders rejected the establishment of grazing fields in Southern Nigeria advising that “nomadic grazing should be abolished and in its stead ranches with use of modern technology and rapid production of folders for feeding cattle should be established by those who wish to rear cattle”.
The organization condemned the tribalistic tendencies subtly introduced into the polity of the country by Northern Elder reminding them Buhari is President of the entire country.
The leaders also condemned comment by Northern Elders that the North is short-changed in Capital budgetary allocation in the 2016 budget maintaining that it is a ploy by the North to attract more in excess of the allocation than the South which is already far behind as the empirical data in the budget has shown.