Shortly after commencement of proceedings yesterday at the on-going National Conference, there was a debate on whether the conference should call for memorandum from the public or not.
A contribution to the debate by the revered Lamido of Adamawa, Alh. Muhammadu Barkindo Mustapha, left many delegates in disbelief as the traditional ruler digressed from sounding a note of warning to ethnic jingoists in the hallowed chamber to boasting of where to run to if the country eventually disintegrates.
“Jingoism is not the monopoly of anyone. We are here to make Nigeria work… My kingdom extends into part of Cameroon. In fact there is a state there known as Adamawa. If anything happens here, I will go there and I will easily assimilate,” he told the bewildered delegates.
However, Kutigi eventually put the issue of memorandum to a question to which delegates overwhelmingly agreed in voice vote and that the memorandum will be received within a period of two weeks only.
Before the voice vote, however, there were both supporting and dissenting voices.
Miss Mosumola Umoru, a youth delegate, said the memoranda would ensure that the voice of majority of Nigerians were heard, adding that her segment of the country were under-represented at the conference being 18 youth delegates at the conference.
“We have set up a group via twitter and other social media to collate the views and recommendations of the youth population with regards to direction at this conference.
“If we call for memoranda, it will increase the contribution of Nigerians toward the process of developing a new nation,’’ she said.
Dr Adeze Uwuzor, a delegate representing Ebonyi State, also supported the idea of memoranda from the public.
“Let it not look as if we are selfish here. Memoranda are necessary but the secretariat can summarise them so that all Nigerians can be heard.”
In her contribution, Chief Josephine Anenih, however, said that there “is no need for memoranda considering the available time for the conference.’’
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