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2015 General Elections May Impede National Conference, Centre Warns

By Eric Ojo, Abuja The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), an Abuja based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) has expressed its fears over the feasibility of conducting the proposed National Conference in Nigeria, particularly amidst preparations for the 2015 general elections. The political parties in the country have apparently raised the tempo of their pre-electioneering activities following […]

“Proposed National Conference: FG Has Hidden Agenda”

Group Wants CONFAB To Hold After General Elections A Muslim group, known as the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has accused the federal government of Nigeria of having hidden agenda following the announcement of the modalities and guidelines for the proposed national conference. In a statement signed by the Director of the organization, Professor Ishaq Akintola, […]

Breaking: FG Releases Guidelines For National CONFAB

By Muyiwa Bamidele, Abuja The Federal Government has rolled out guidelines for the proposed National Conference as a total of 492 delegates are expected to partake in the dialogue. The Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, gave the modalities to journalists at a press conference in his office in Abuja. Mr. Anyim […]

Ethnic National Conference Will Not Work –Dr Fashina

Kayode Adelowokan, Lagos Ahead of the proposed national conference, former president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Oladipo Fashina, have said the parameters of ethnic nationality which the conference is placed will not work. Fashina told African Examiner in Lagos that many who are clamouring for national conference of ethnic nationality invariably are saying […]

National Conference: Igbo Leaders Insist on New Constitution

IGNATIUS OKPARA, Enugu Leaders in Igbo land, under the auspices of ‘Concerned Igbo Leaders of Thought’ led by Lagos based constitutional lawyer, Professor. Ben Nwabueze, have vowed to push for the emergence of a brand new constitution from the proposed national conference. After their meeting on Monday in Enugu, the leaders, also advocated that  the […]

CLO Replies Okupe, Says National CONFAB Treasonable

…Backs Governor Elechi’s View Point Ignatius Okpara, Enugu The Civil Liberties Organization, CLO, has aligned it self with Ebonyi state Governor, Martin Elechi ‘s position on the proposed national conference, describing it as an assault on Nigeria’s constitution.   African Examiner reports that Gov. Elechi had last Friday, in his country home Ikwo, Ebonyi state, […]

National Conference More Important Than 2015 Elections- Afenifere

Kayode Adelowokan, Lagos The Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere has told Federal government that the proposed national conference is more important than the 2015 general elections. Afenifere leader, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, disclosed during a courtesy call on the President at the state House in Abuja that the Yoruba nation remained committed to his administration if only […]

Jonathan Pledges Result Oriented National Confab

Kayode Adelowokan, Lagos Nigerian President, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has assured the people that his administration will partner with all stakeholders to convene a result oriented national dialogue, which outcome will add value to the process of building a stronger, united, more democratic and stable Nigeria. Jonathan made this known in Abuja on Wednesday during the […]

Division as the Only Acceptable Outcome for the Proposed Nigeria National Conference

By Osita Ebiem We assume that the aim of any debate engaged in by grown up people and, in this case the Nigerian debate; should be to find and apply reasonable and practical solutions to the real problem of Nigeria. We do not expect that anyone should set out to waste everybody’s time if from […]

National Conference and “the fierce urgency of now!”

By Chido Onumah “Between an agenda for a national restructuring and 2015 presidential election, my priority will be the convocation of a sovereign national conference.” – Ayo Opadokun Like many Nigerians I am suspicious of the national conference or dialogue proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan. But unlike some of those who have expressed their apprehension about […]

Agbakoba Wants Nigerians to Embrace National CONFAB

Ignatius Okpara, Enugu Lagos based Constitutional lawyer, chief Olisa Agbakoba, senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), has advised Nigerians irrespective of political, ethnic, and religious affiliation, to embrace the proposed National conference (CONFAB), saying it will be an opportunity to address most of the age long injustices meted on some segments of the nation. He noted […]

Muslim Group Blasts National CONFAB Committee For Sitting on Friday in South-West

The African Examiner A muslim group known as Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has blasted the National Conference committee led by Senator Femi Okunrounmu for sitting on Fridays at both its south west meetings in Akure and Lagos state saying that both timings coincide with Muslim‘s jumat prayer service. The group stated this in a press […]

Who is Afraid of the National Conference?

By Dr. Tunde Ali Regardless of the political insinuations from all quarters about the need or call for National Conference, the reality of the season dictates that Nigerians must come together  to discuss and re-determine the status of Nigerian nation amidst its shaky unity and polarized diversity. The meeting does not necessarily have to be […]

APC Rejects Jonathan’s National Confab, Says Its “Diversionary”

The African Examiner, Following the footsteps of their National Leader Bola Tinubu, the All Progressive Congress, APC has rejected the planned National Conference saying there was no need for any conference at this time. Speaking after their meeting on Tuesday, the spokesperson of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said,  “At this point in time, this […]

CAN Backs National Confab, Inaugurates Six-members Committee to Articulate Its Interests

The African Examiner, The Christian Association of Nigeria (C A N) has inaugurated a six-member committee that will present its position during the planned National Confab. Inaugurating the committee in Abuja on Monday, C A N President Ayo Oritsejafor pledged his support for the national conference even as he stressed that the confab is a […]

North Not Afraid of National Confab -Gov Aliyu

The Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, on Saturday said the North is ready for the proposed National Conference. Mr. Aliyu made the declaration in Yola during the conferment of the traditional title of Talban Adamawa on Daniel Mustapha, held at the palace of the Lamido Adamawa, Barkindo Mustapha. The governor, who is also the […]

Unfixing Tinubu’s Fixation About Jonathan’s National Confab

By Sufuyan Ojeifo  The cerebral Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, captured it succinctly in a recent interview wherein he described the proposed National Conference by President Goodluck Jonathan as a coup against the opposition. Indeed, traditional opposition elements, especially from the Southwest, who never expected such proposition from Jonathan, had no choice other […]

National Confab and Tinubu’s Duplicity

By Francis Ehigiator Leader of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, recently launched a major attack against the National Conference proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan: he questioned the president’s sincerity and capability to organize such a conference.  Tinubu did not stop there; he took liberty-in typical opposition manner-to take elaborate swipes […]

Tunde Bakare, Sagay, Others Back National Confab

Ayo Balogun Constitutional lawyer, Prof. Itse Sasgay, fiery preacher, Pastor Tunde Bakare , a university don, Prof. Pius Adesanmi and others have thrown their weight behind the President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposed National Conference, saying it will help to salvage the nation. They spoke at the Maiden Edition of the Centre for Change lecture at the […]

National Conference: Matters Arising

By Chido Onumah During his Independence Day broadcast on October 1, President Goodluck Jonathan announced to a somewhat surprised nation his intention to facilitate a “national dialogue” on the future of Nigeria. To this end, he set up a 13-member Advisory Committee which was inaugurated a few days ago. It is understandable if Nigerians have […]

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