Elder Statesman and Ijaw leader, Chief Edwin Clark, on Monday urged President Muhammadu Buhari to call for a National Dialogue to discuss the security challenges facing the country.
He made the call while briefing newsmen in Abuja on the state of the nation.
“I appeal to the President to convoke a National Dialogue over insecurity and general violence with Nigerians of various ethnic nationalities,” he said.
He said any law banning open grazing by some state governments was legal and binding on any person or group of persons.
“There is no federal system where the federating units are not controlled by the governors, who are chief security officers of his federating unit.
“What we are practicing today is not a federation. Rather, what we are practicing is a unitary form of government and that is why the people want a new Constitution.
“The various calls by groups for secession and breakup of the country is not healthy. The President needs to have a peaceful government until he leaves office in 2023.
“We must build a united Nigeria where all citizens are equal and have equal opportunity to aspire to any position in their God-given land without being subjugated or reduced to becoming subjects without any rights in their own country,” Clark said.