NORTH-SOUTH DIALOGUE: RESOLVING DERIVATION ONCE AND FOR ALL – By Atei Beredugo

Sayelba Times

IT has been said that the worst person to deceive is oneself. Without a doubt, it is lingering conflicts, disputes, recurrent divergences threatening the very life and soul of Nigeria that have prompted the National Conference. If we must be wholly honest with ourselves, among these, cardinal issues are the questions of true federalism and the application of the principle of derivation to revenue allocation.

God has given humans the ability to take actions that promote peace. The paramount thing that facilitates sustainable peace is justice. Conversely, at the root of a vast number of conflicts and disputes in many societies through the ages is perceived injustice. The conflicts in the Niger Delta from Adaka Boro in the 1960s to Yar’Adua’s amnesty in 2008 are no exception.

The fundamental question is: Will the National Conference, this august gathering of seasoned leaders and professionals from around the nation, be remembered as…

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