Professor Sambo Wali, a delegate to the ongoing national conference, says the conference is not only desirable, but timely.
“The conference is a welcome development to all well meaning and patriotic Nigerians who have the interest of the nation at heart,” he said.
Wali, who addressed a news conference yesterday in Sokoto, also said that it would allow Nigerians to express themselves freely.
“The conference is a forum to discuss the diverse views and feelings of the citizens about the country which has existed for over a century as a single indivisible entity.
“We have more to gain collectively from it and bequeath a formidable nation to generations yet unborn,’’ Wali said.
He suggested that the resolutions of the conference should be submitted to the National Assembly for ratification.
“The National Assembly members were democratically elected, while we were selected, though on merit
He said there was the need for peace and unity in the country for meaningful socio-economic development, stressing that “without peace, there can be no any meaningful socio-economic development in any society”.
“Without peace, you cannot do anything, even practising your chosen religion.”
Wali appealed to the Federal Government to allocate adequate funds for exploration and exploitation of the abundant solid mineral and natural resources across the country. (NAN)