If there was anything the 2014 National Conference taught former President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dr. Olisa Agbakoba, the lesson would be that Nigeria is suffering from a serious ailment and is so in urgent need of a doctor.
“One thing that happened with the chat (National Conference) was that we knew how sick we are,” Agbakoba said in an interview The Vanguard published on Thursday.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), who was a delegate at the national dialogue, made the comments when asked whether the confab achieved its objective.
He said at length: “People may say that the conference failed. But if you step back and look at troubled areas around the world, I would say it is good thing that we had a chat.
“One thing that happened with the chat was that we knew how sick we are. If you go to a doctor, you will know how sick you are.
“Even though the time was not enough, we knew where the shoe was pinching.”
In th face of a possible legislative blockade of the implementation of the canfab’s recommendations, Agbakoba urged President Goodluck Jonathan to appeal directly to Nigerians and let the ensuing mass pressure prevail on whatever reservations lawmakers may have about ratifying the outcome of conference.
He said: “I will suggest that the best the president should go is to do what Obama did when the Republican congress wanted to frustrate the Obama Care, he appealed directly to Americans.”
The difference is that there the people responded, but here, the response is poor. But I will still appeal to the president to get Nigerians to support his programmes.”
The 2014 National Conference, where about 492 delegates represented a cross-section of Nigerians, was inaugurated by the President on the March 17.
Nigerians still await the implementation, or otherwise, of the recommendations of the confab which ended August 14.