Del­e­gates want con­fab closed down over in­se­cu­rity

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The Na­tional Con­fer­ence should halt its pro­ceed­ings to com­pel federal govern­ment and its se­cu­rity agencies put an end to the in­ces­sant killing of cit­i­zens across the coun­try.

This was the sub­mis­sions of some del­e­gates yes­ter­day at the ple­nary ses­sion while dis­cussing the ab­duc­tion of about 200 girls in a sec­ondary school in Chi­bok, Borno state and the bomb blast in Nyanya, Abuja.

Pas­tor Tunde Bakare said the con­fer­ence should “halt its pro­ceed­ings un­til we see changes. Rome can­not be burn­ing while Reno is fid­dling some­where.”

Bakare said the con­fer­ence is tired “of ob­serv­ing one-minute si­lence when­ever Nige­ri­ans are killed.” He said del­e­gates should act by not only con­demn­ing but by en­sur­ing that the govern­ment put an end to the loss of lives of Nige­ri­ans.

He said it must not be said of the con­fer­ence that while the na­tion came un­der siege, del­e­gates were still sit­ting and talk­ing, show­ing no con­cern.

Speak­ing in the same line with Bakare, a civil so­ci­ety del­e­gate Ezenwa Nwagwu said the con­fer­ence should stop to “reg­is­ter our deep­est con­cern” to those who lost their lives.

An­other del­e­gate from the youth or­ga­ni­za­tions, Ms Mo­sun­mola Umoru said the con­fer­ence should sus­pend its meet­ings for now to show sol­i­dar­ity with the vic­tims of the car­nage.

But ma­jor­ity of the del­e­gates didn’t agree that the con­fer­ence should stop its pro­ceed­ings over the killings.

Chief Se­gun Osoba, for­mer gover­nor of Ogun state said in­stead of clos­ing down the con­fer­ence, the sec­re­tariat should lead a del­e­ga­tion to Pres­i­dent Good­luck Ebele Jonathan and ex­press the po­si­tion of the con­fer­ence to him and his govern­ment.

But Nwagwu said this was un­nec­es­sary, ar­gu­ing that “there is no need for go­ing back to the same per­son who con­vened this con­fer­ence to find so­lu­tions to the prob­lem.”

He said that it was un­for­tu­nate that “while we grief, some po­lit­i­cal par­ties are busy do­ing ral­lies in Kano.”

A fe­male del­e­gate from North West, Fati Ibrahim, said the con­fer­ence must look be­yond ex­pres­sion of sym­pa­thy and the na­tional mourn­ing and take prac­ti­cal steps to en­sure that the girls who have been ab­ducted were re­turned in good con­di­tion.

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