Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, in a lecture titled: “The Nigeria of my Dream: Towards the consolidation of national unity”, delivered to mark the 40th anniversary of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor’s call to ministry at the Word of Life Bible Church, Warri in Delta, has said among others, that the way we can have a consensus in the country is to have a national conference.
The former External Affairs Minister in his lecture, also criticized the current display of hypocrisy by ex-presidents and ex-heads of state who have continued to preach what they did not practice while they were in office.
According to him, “How does one explain revelations that from 1960, outflow of funds from Nigeria had got worse and yet the sanctimonious speeches about anti-corruption continue to rent the air,” Akinyemi asked. He futher argued that current attempts to amend the constitution would not solve the socio-political problems bedevilling the nation.
According to him, “we will continue to amend the constitution and further amend and there will be no solution until we all agree to sit down at a round table to write a constitution that Nigerians can truly identify with.”
The professor had argued that if, “at independence in 1960, the political elite had reached a broad consensus on the fundamental values that should be the overriding principles of governance in order to make life more abundant for all, to cater for the poor, to increase opportunities for all, to provide safety net for the widow and the orphan and to reduce the gap between the rich and the poor, between the North and the South and between the haves and the have nots, they would have laid a solid foundation for stability in Nigeria.”