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President-Goodluck-Jonathan

Barring any last minute change, the Federal Government will today unveil modalities for convening the much expected national conference.

 

Our correspondent gathered that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim, is expected to release the modalities for convening the conference at a ceremony in Abuja today.

The conference was proposed by President Goodluck Jonathan during his Independence Anniversary speech of October 1, 2013, consequently setting up a 13-member advisory committee to come up with modalities for the national dialogue.

The committee, which was given one month to complete its assignment was headed by a former senator, Femi Okuronmu, while Dr Akilu Indabawa, was the secretary.

The committee had at the end of its assignment submitted an over 4,000 pages report to the President.

According to President Jonathan, the proposed dialogue offers a unique opportunity for the country to deepen its democracy and strengthen its institutions rather than to destroy or weaken the union.

“In spite of the circumstances of the birth of our country in 1914 and the several challenges of nation building, Nigerians have in the last 53 years demonstrated the belief that our diversity notwithstanding, we are a nation with great potentials.

“The task before us is to build a strong and united union. In the last few decades, there have been issues that have challenged our determination as a people brought together by God in this great land of promise,” the President had said while receiving the report.

Source: Radio Biafra.

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