Elder statesman and Nigeria’s former Ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire, Lawrence Ekpebu, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to implement key recommendations of the final report of last year’s National Conference in the interest of Nigeria.
He was the country’s ambassador to Cote D’Ivoire during the military regime of Buhari as head of state.
Ekpebu, who served as deputy chairman of the conference Committee on Foreign Policy and Diaspora Matters, spoke yesterday in an interview with newsmen in Yenagoa.
He said it was imperative for Buhari to look at the final report of the conference objectively with a view to implementing necessary sections for the good of the people.
He said the delegates to the conferences were made up of some of the best minds in the country and expressed the confidence that the President would not allow the final report to gather dust on the shelve.
Ekpebu said the recommendations were arrived at after quality debates and decisions on issues bordering on the nation’s socio-economic and political existence.
He also attributed former President Goodluck Jonathan’s defeat by Buhari in the last general elections to “a divine mandate”.
Ekpebu, who is Jonathan’s kinsman from Okoloba, Kolokuma-Opokuma Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, noted that he also became the President of Nigeria from the minorities through divine intervention.
He called on the people of the country to support the Buhari administration to enable it build on the achievements of the Jonathan government.
“Even Jonathan’s defeat was also a divine mandate and we must accept and support the present administration (of President Buhari) to succeed by consolidating on the gains of the various transformations of the Jonathan administration”, he said.
He, however, commended Jonathan for conceding defeat to preserve national unity, stressing that he refused the temptation of manipulating the presidential election to secure a second term in office.