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NATIONAL MIRROR – Afenifere Renewal Group yesterday rejected the recommendations of the  Senator Femi Okurounmu’s Presidential Advisory Committee on National  Dialogue, saying it cannot engender the type of confab that Nigeria  needs. described the proposed conference as a make or mar issue for  President Jonathan that initiated it and for Nigeria, saying it would be  the most defining legacy of his administration and for Nigeria.
Advocating complete restructuring as the only thing that can save the  country from the gradual collapse buffeting all its public  institutions, the group said that any conference convened based on these  recommendations cannot meet the yearnings of Nigerians.
ARG maintained its stance that the proposed conference must be a conference of ethnic nationalities in Nigeria.
In a press release signed by its Publicity Secretary, Kunle Famoriyo,  the group described the recommendation that representation should be  based on federal constituencies as distasteful.
They described the political structure has been used as veritable  tools of injustice, social, and political discriminations that have held  this country bound.
It said:”Nigeria has six administrative regions, which have become a  defining structure for almost any national issue. Our recommendation  therefore is that equal number of delegates should come from each  administrative zone and these delegates should be selected by ethnic  nations within each zone.
“We reject also the recommendation that conference delegates should  be saddled with the responsibility of deciding how decisions and  outcomes of the proposed conference would be integrated into the  Constitution and Laws of Nigeria.
This committee could not come up with any recommendation on this  particular Term of Reference, despite the avalanche of historical  antecedents in other countries, more than 1,000 presentations and  memoranda, technical presentations from renowned experts and leaders,  and several other consultations available to it.
“This is, to say the least, an evasion of responsibility and  rejection of popular desire for a new Constitution. In fact, a cursory  look at the 38 agenda recommended for discussion by the committee is a  confirmation that Nigeria needs a new Constitution, which it  surprisingly shied away from recommending. Resolving constitutional  problems in Nigeria cannot be the most difficult in the world and  certainly, not as difficult as the committee, in its recommendation,  want us to believe.
ARG, in coalition with many Yoruba groups have recommended that the  decisions and outcomes of National Conference should only be subjected  to a referendum and this process should produce a brand new Constitution  for Nigeria”, the group said.
The group said the purpose of the national conference would be  defeated when “a third of the delegates are to be nominated by President  Jonathan. We therefore kick against the nomination of any delegate,  whether from any public official or from special interest groups.

Source: Radio Biafra.


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