Rt. Hon. Dum Dekor Rejects Call For Interim Govt
…Says Implementation Of Jonathan’s Conference Report Is Antidote To Nation’s Quagmire
With the call by the legal luminary, Afe Babalola, SAN, for an Interim Government to oversee the affairs of the country, widely rejected by the House of Representatives, the lawmaker representing Khana/Gokana Federal Constituency at the House, Rt. Hon. Dumnamene Robinson Dekor, has also described the call as unhealthy and inimical to the nation’s survival.
He said an Interim Government is not only unconstitutional but its implementation, also unrealistic and would not serve the interests of the populace.
The federal lawmaker who stated this during an interview on Arise TV last weekend, said as much as the legal luminary was entitled to his opinion, he would not agree with him on any attempt to have the constitution suspended.
He said Nigerians are in dire stress, and that any attempt to impose an interim government would make matters worse for the country.
Rather than such an idea, Rt. Hon. Dekor believes that the prompt implementation of the Goodluck Jonathan’s National Conference Report should be the option, to take the country out of the woods.
“In the first place, if you suspend the constitution of this country to bring an Interim Government, who will appoint those that would be at the helm of affairs in the Interim Government?
“If you must say you want to do a new constitution, it means that every component of this country will have a voice. I think their voices were heard during the last conference. Whether you like those who anchored it or not, what they did was enough to move Nigeria from where we were to where we were going.
“I know that as an Ogoni man whose rights have been trampled upon severally and have been relegated to the background, when you have an Interim Government, are you going to appoint people from the various ethnic groups?
“What is going to be the composition of that Interim Government? Because if you want to do a proper Interim Government that would do a fresh constitution for Nigeria, it means that as an Ogoni man, I must be represented by an Ogoni man. Ijaw man must be represented. In fact, all the ethnic groups must be in that government”, he submitted.
Rt. Hon. Dekor, a former Deputy Speaker of the Rivers State House of Assembly and former Commissioner for Works in the state, explained that should all the ethnic groups not be factored in the supposed Interim Government, and rather make it an Hausa, Igbo or Yoruba affairs, then the aim would be defeated because, according to him, no one would believe what the outcome would be.