ongoing National Conference always starts speaking with an Islamic citation.
Tunde Bakare, a
pastor, protested it saying it could create a situation where he could also
start speeches by saying, “Praise the Lord somebody,” and thereby turn the
Conference to a Church service. Continue reading, first day sitting – live update..
we are here again at the National Judicial Institute, NJI, venue for Nigeria’s
first official sitting of the is underway. The chamber is gradually filling up
as more delegates arrive and are being cleared in the meeting chamber. Traffic
along the routes leading to the venue of the Conference venue is long and slow due
to the checks carried out by heavily-armed security operatives drafted to
secure the area.
time. Join us on Monday morning for the Day 2 of the National Conference. Have
a nice day
National Prayer will be adopted on Monday and the Conference was adjourned.
Next sitting is on Monday.
of Procedure will be adopted. She said every stakeholder will be allotted 10
minutes and the group will nominate a speaker to make the presentation. She
said the Conference will also receive position papers from delegates.
reasoning will prevail as well as the majority will in whatever the Conference
will do. Members are making noise and calling for adjournment so people would
go get all the Conference materials before the next sitting.
ensued when the Vice Chairman, Akinyemi said delegates should continue asking
questions. He, therefore, backtracked and asked Azinge to address the questions
is a Nigerian delegate from the South-West. He said the Conference must be held
on time and urged that members should leave their homes on time to be at the
should pay personal assistants from whatever they get from the Conference. Mr.
Bakare said that religion should not be allowed to divide the people. He
referred to the Chairman, who always starts speaking with an Islamic citation
and said it could create a situation where he would also start by saying,
“Praise the Lord somebody,” and thereby turn the Conference to a Church
that all elements of bitterness should be eschewed. We are responsible for what
Nigeria is today and we are also the answer to the problem of this country. The
issue here is corruption from the local government. He drew attention to the
loss of lives of youths in the course of searching for jobs. He said the
delegates are not in the Conference to fight. He drew applause from the house.
sitting was becoming tedious and asked that all that is required for the
Conference should be provided so that work would start without much ado.
the problems the country is facing are caused by some of those who are
delegates to the Conference. She asked that the flower vest that is covering
the face of the Chairman to be removed so he would have clear eye contact with
the delegates. She also sought for an avenue for delegates to submit their
positions to the conference since each delegation has issues to present.
journalist, the Conference should adopt the right titles and names to
delegates. He, therefore, ask the Secretary not to be part of the reason why
there will be misrepresentations at the Conference given the fact that she made
clear mistakes on name s and titles.
said having listened to some of the answers to questions from the Conference
Secretary. He, therefore, sought to know how the Conference Rules were arrived
called for the adoption of the seating arrangement as suggested by Segun Osoba.
She also said that the Conference is not working at cross purpose with the
National Assembly. But if the delegates decide that a new constitution is
required that would be put up. When such issues arrive, the government will be
advised on the legal framework and the way forward. On agenda setting, he said
when the sitting starts, the agenda will emerge. The first week, she said, the
Conference will discuss the President’s Speech before going to other areas.
Again, within the next two weeks, delegates will be allowed to bring up issues
that the secretariat might not have thought of. She said Tanzania is undergoing
a similar programme.