Braithwaite family urges government to implement 2014 conference reports
The family of late human rights activist, founder of defunct National Advance Party (NAP), Dr. Tunji Braithwaite, has appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to implement the recommendations of the 2014 National Conference report to save Nigeria from drifting.
In a statement to mark the fifth anniversary of the passing of the elder statesman, who was also a delegate to the 2014 conference, the son, Olumide Braithwaite, said one of the messages his father would have preached to President Buhari is that the government should implement the various conference reports gathering dusts on the archives.
According to him, “My father would have encouraged the president and leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to address the degenerating insecurity across the nation as it pose serious threat to Nigeria’s corporate and economic existence, just as he would have also cautioned various self-determination groups springing up especially in Southwest today, not to toy with the unity of the country.”
The statement read: “Tunji Braithwaite was inclined to believe in the unity of the nation, rather than its breakup. He would have appealed to the various ethnic groups from the Southwest and South-South to Southeast as well as the north to come together in a restructured Nigeria most certainly. He would have called for the adoption of the 2014 Constitutional Conference report to be implemented as a panacea to the nations problems.”
“He would encourage President Buhari to look into the implementation of the report submitted to the government as a means towards quelling the raging fires of the various ethnic groups clamouring for self-determination.”
The elder statesman during his lifetime formed a revolutionary political party NAP in 1978 and contested the Presidential elections in 1983. He was a robust pioneer of human rights law in Nigeria with celebrated cases like the late Chief Obafemi Awolowo Treason trial of 1963 and the Fela Anikulapo Kuti’s Unknown Soldier case of 1977.
He opposed the military dictatorship of several juntas including that of late Gen. Sani Abacha in 1998, when he was the only Nigerian who contested the Presidential Primaries against the Abacha. His most recent achievement was the 2014 Sovereign National Conference, where he advocated for a restructuring of the country regions and constitutional amendment.
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