By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
The Socialist Party of Nigera (SPN) on Friday insisted that Nigeria urgently needs a democratically convened Sovereign National Conference.
SPN made this known in a statement jointly signed by its Acting National Chairperson, Comrade Abiodun Bamigboye and Acting National Secretary, Comrade Chinedu Bosah
According to the party, virtually all the past constitutional conferences in Nigeria lacked democratic participation ” through referendum or plebiscite. “
SPN maintained, ” it is therefore not accidental that continuous agitation over marginalization and self-rule have continued to trail Nigeria’s political development”, and that this has been further amplified by what it termed ” the neo-colonial rent-seeking capitalist economic system being practiced in Nigeria”.
” It is in the light of this, we of the SPN call for a democratically convened Sovereign National Conference comprising of democratically elected representatives of labour movement, ethnic nationalities, peasant farmers (crop and livestock) , traders, artisans, professional groups, , etc. to deliberate and decide the way forward for Nigeria including the socio-economic system that Nigeria will practice and a new constitution”, it said..
SPN added, “virtually all the constitutional conferences, save for the 1961 plebiscite that led to removal of southern Cameroun from Nigeria and the creation of the mid-western region in 1963 lack democratic participation through referendum or plebiscite. It is therefore not accidental that continuous agitation over marginalization and self-rule have continued to trail Nigeria’s political development.”
Stressing that ” this has been further amplified by the neo-colonial rent-seeking capitalist economic system being practiced in Nigeria”, SPN stated . ” we call for a democratically-convened Sovereign National Conference of the working people, ethnic nationalities, etc. to address Nigeria’s socio-economic, political, security and nationality crises” .
” SPN completely oppose the ossified thinking within the government that self-determination agitation is a crime. Indeed, the current neo-colonial arrangement, coupled with undemocratically-arranged, elite-oriented constitution, is the real crime against Nigeria and Nigerians. Unfortunately, all the so-called national conferences, confabs and constitution reviews, were not only undemocratically convened, but were also aimed at maintaining the present neo-colonial, elite arrangement.”
The party however frowned at the statement credited to President Muhammadu Buhari on the violence rocking some parts of the South Eastern part of the country, adding, SPN condemns in absolute terms the statement of President Muhammadu Buhari where he threatened Nigerians, and especially the south-easterners, with the state violence reminiscent of the Nigerian civil war era.