Nigeria National Conference Proceedings (March 26, 2014)

PRESS RELEASE

March 26, 2014

Today’s session of the National Conference commenced with a debate as to whether the Conference should invite memoranda from the public outside issues to be presented by delegates. The question was put by the Conference Chairman, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi.

While some delegates were of the opinion that much time would be wasted in seeking memoranda from members of the public in view of the deadline given the Conference to conduct its deliberations, others said the Conference was not in a better position to speak for the generality of Nigerians.

First to speak on the issue was Bello Mohammed who suggested that no memorandum should be invited from the public in view of the fact that the Presidential Advisory Committee that preceded the Conference had already toured all areas of the country to gather opinions on the Conference

His suggestion that to shorten time, the Conference should fall back on those memoranda gathered by the advisory committee was countered by Kunle Olajide who said the memoranda collected by the advisory committee were tailored towards the organization of the Conference.

Olajide said it would not be right not to ask for memoranda from the larger public. According to him, “I don’t think it would be right not to collect memoranda from the public. We need to know what the people are saying.”

Olajide was supported by Dr. Adaeze Nwouzo, Dozie Ike and Felicia Sani who said the advisory committee did not seek inputs regarding the Conference but on the necessity of and modalities for the Conference.

Also speaking in support of the call for memoranda was Muhammed Maigari Dingyadi who said inputs from the public would make deliberations by the delegates more democratic and rich.

His position was supported by Mosunmola Umoru, Ekaette Judith Umoh, Sanni Zoro, Nnimo Bassey, Esther Gonda and Olawale Osun; among others.

However, Josephine Anenih, in her contribution said calling for memoranda would certainly delay the Conference in its assignment; she suggested that delegates should rather use the weekends to visit their constituencies and source for opinions on several issues.

At the end of the debate when the question was put, majority of the delegates voted in favour of the issue. The Conference was mandated to call for memoranda with a deadline of two weeks while other businesses of the Conferences will continue.

Immediately after the first debate, the Conference was adjourned to reconvene in the afternoon to enable 50 representatives of the six geo-political zones have a close-door meeting with the Conference Chairman, Honourable Justice Kutigi, towards resolving the argument behind the voting pattern during the Conference.

It would be recalled that through a motion on Tuesday, the Conference Chairman was mandated to convene a meeting involving leaders of delegates across the country to deliberate on the issue of consensus, three-quarter majority votes or two-third majority.

When the Conference resumed in the afternoon, Justice Kutigi announced that the meeting with the selected delegates would continue since it was necessary to exhaustively discuss the issue. The meeting had made tremendous progress before going on break which was why it was decided that it should continue for other outstanding issues to be resolved before returning to plenary on Monday.

AKPANDEM JAMES

Assistant Secretary, Media and Communications

National Conference 2014

  1. Anonymous Reply

    God bless the people, the unity, and the future of this great nation. May the voice of the people be heard.

  2. Anonymous Reply

    We should first of all play,read and sing our old national Anthem before any further agenda.It begins thus ..Nigeria we heal thee,our own dear native land,though tribe and tongue may defer in brotherhood we stand……… Marizu Christopher.

  3. Anonymous Reply

    nigeria is a sick country, instead for the leaders to be saying throught and talk what is the solution to fixed the country to great nation, they are busy talking what they paid for.

  4. Anonymous Reply

    Those our delegates should know they have a serious matter on hand to talk about in this confa if they still want the unity of Nigeria.

  5. Anonymous Reply

    It is too early for anybody to begin to treathen to stage a walk-out,if @all is necessary,when the real debate hasn’t started.And nobody should consider him/herself too important in the confrence to force the majority to follow his/her unpopular opinion.Jude Okenyi

  6. Anonymous Reply

    Nigeria is a sick nation, its better the delegate realized that and find a way of fixing this country. Because the more we pay lips service to it, the more it digresses into different shapes of monster which will continue bedeviling our dear nation.
    God Bless Nigeria

  7. Anonymous Reply

    This is national conference,without which Nigeria would be no more being that the amalgamation treaty has expired. Simple majority should be used to adopt resolutions. Let us be serious with this conference;we are watching with rapt attention.

  8. Anonymous Reply

    You the leaders of nigeria you all know what is right and you know the problem of nigerial.lets us waive & forgot about difference and do the right,in order to safe the nation.

  9. Anonymous Reply

    This is serious!Bishop Tom Oluwadele.

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