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NPRC Day 8: Wednesday, March 9, 2005

Daily Independent

March 10, 2005


NATIONAL CONFAB: Delegates speak


By Bayo Oladeji,

Snr. Correspondent,

Hon. Dahiru Awaisu Kuta (Niger):
He was worried with the silence of ex-military leaders at the confab who could
not stand up to present the good side of military administration in Nigeria.

He called for a commission to develop the
states that are used to generate power supply tagged Hydro Electric Power Area
Development Commission. In the spirit of give and take, he wants the Niger Delta
people to support his advocacy if they want support too.

Chief Mrs. Mabel Aneke (Ebonyi):
She noted how delegates have been passing the bucks over who did what. To her,
delegates should search their minds and be resolved on how to move Nigeria
forward. The respected elder statesman called for 30 per cent slot for women in
the polity. Her call for the publication of the constitution in three major
languages however received condemnation.

Pastor Joseph Sulaiman (Kogi): He called
for a system where the interests of minority groups are protected. He wants
power rotation be done at all levels and to be enshrined in the constitution.
This delegate wants over-dependence on oil broken through the resurrection of
the power and steel sector. He wants every Nigerian to have a new rebirth.

Dr. G.T.N. Ayapo (Kogi): He called for
moral reforms. He foresees Nigeria becoming an egalitarian society where peace
reigns with the country playing a leading role in the comity of nations.

Admiral Akintunde Aduwo (Ondo): The
former Chief of Naval Staff completed the circle of apologies coming from the
Army by Gen. Adeyinka Adebayo (rtd) and Commodore Emeka Omeruah (Airforce). He
begs for forgiveness from Nigerians for the unjust murder of leading politicians
during the First Republic and for the interruption of the Shagari
administration. He spared no word for those who were responsible for the endless
coups and the attendant problems. The leader of the Ondo delegation gave kudos
to President Olusegun Obasanjo for weeding out the political soldier from the

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