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“Jonathan’s Proposed National Confab Bridge to Nowhere”

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Ignatius Okpara, Enugu


Nigeria’s President Goodluck Jonathan

Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has kicked against the proposed plan by president Good Luck Jonathan to convene a National Conference, describing it as diversionary.

It therefore, called on the senate president and chairman of the National. Assembly(NASS), David Mark, to bail out President Goodluck Jonathan and Nigerians in general by not embarking on the project.

“We are making this call to halt the proposed national conference, which from all intents and purposes is diversionary, a bridge to no-where and which might be hijacked by ethnic merchants.

CNPP, in a press statement signed by its National publicity secretary, Osita Okechukwu made available to African Examiner in Enugu said “the truth of the matter is that the greatest happiness of Nigerians will not be achieved by a loose conference”

“Because ethnic merchants dominate the 13 Man Prep-Committee and its intendment is not sovereign”

According to the statement, “For the avoidance of doubt, Nigeria has never since after the civil war been as divided as now; we are in no doubt at tipping-point of frustration and rudderless leadership.

“However the solution to pervasive corruption, crass inequality, gross unemployment and mass poverty is not a conference bridge to no-where.

African Examiner reports that leader of All progressive change APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, who just came back to the country from abroad, Prof  Awalu Yadudu, and other patriots had decried the convocation of the conference.

CNPP also noted “it is not only going to split discussion into tribal jargons; but will not achieve critical legislations which Senator Mark promised Nigerians on 6 June 2011, during his inaugural speech as the second term president of the senate and chairman of the National Assembly.

“The charter he reeled out then, like the Magna Charter of 1225, remains relevant today and can be legislated by the National and State Assemblies so as to, strengthen our federation, strengthen our economy, strengthen our Institutions as well as reduce cost of governance and Fight Corruption, amongst others.

“In sum, we call on Distinguished Senator Mark to bail out President Jonathan and Nigerians by honouring the covenant he made to Nigerians; instead of supporting a conference bridge to no-where”, it stated

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