‘Only 18 of 492 del­e­gates choose re­li­gion c’ttee’

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

About 222 del­e­gates of the 492 del­e­gates at the Na­tional Con­fer­ence wanted to serve on four ma­jor com­mit­tees out of the 20 avail­able, with only 18 of them in­di­cat­ing in­ter­est to serve on com­mit­tee on re­li­gion, though the is­sue of re­li­gion al­most tore the con­fer­ence apart.

An anal­y­sis re­leased by the con­fer­ence sec­re­tariat yes­ter­day showed that about 45 per cent of the del­e­gates wanted to serve on four crit­i­cal com­mit­tees out of the 20 avail­able.

The four com­mit­tees are those on de­vo­lu­tion of power, po­lit­i­cal re­struc­tur­ing, pol­i­tics and gov­er­nance, party and elec­tion mat­ters and na­tional se­cu­rity.

The sec­re­tariat ex­plained that it was due to this sit­u­a­tion that led to re­dis­tri­bu­tion of del­e­gates into other com­mit­tees since all the com­mit­tees must have mem­bers.

It said that in spite of the hue about re­li­gion, not up to 18 del­e­gates in­di­cated in­ter­est in the com­mit­tee. Both Mus­lim and Chris­tian groups have six rep­re­sen­ta­tives each at the con­fer­ence.

The con­fer­ence was en­gulfed in cri­sis a day af­ter it was in­au­gu­rated by Pres­i­dent Jonathan over mode of prayer, places of wor­ship, among other re­li­gious-in­clined is­sues.

Yes­ter­day del­e­gates raised ob­jec­tions on var­i­ous is­sues rang­ing from the con­sti­tu­tion of the com­mit­tee mem­ber­ship, why they were not con­sulted be­fore the changes were made and why cer­tain people headed com­mit­tees and other did not.

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