Former Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Mr. Kanu Godwin Agabi, Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has called on the Federal government to establish a national integration commission whose responsibility shall be to propose and implement measures for national integration.
Mr. Agabi, delivering a convocation lecture entitled, One Nation, One Destiny, to mark the 32nd Convocation of the University of Calabar on Thursday, pointed out that as long as the nation is not integrated or sufficiently integrated, it will continue to have problems of insecurity and corruption.
According to him, the establishment of a national integration Commission would foster unity among the different ethnic nationalities and religious groups in the nation to fast track development in the country.
He said: “We cannot call ourselves a nation until we integrate because as it is we are not one nation. A Nigerian ought to be able to seek office wherever he lives irrespective of his tribe and religion; he ought to be able to find employment in the public service of the state of his residence.
“What should determine his eligibility for a job ought not to be his place of origin but his qualification for the job” Agabi said, stating “Nigeria fought a bitter war in the sixties with the plan to keep the country united but that purpose has not been achieved as the country is still divided along ethnic and religious lines.
“There is absolute need to integrate the nation maintaining that corruption arises from the appointment of incompetent people to high offices, this has been aggravated by lack of national integration.
“As long as the nation is not integrated or sufficiently integrated, it will continue to have problems of insecurity and corruption. And so we recommend the establishment, immediately of a national integration commission, whose responsibility shall be to propose and implement measures for national integration.”