NSCIA, CAN shun re­li­gion c’ttee, sub­mit no memo

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Nu­rud­deen M. Ab­dal­lah

The Nige­rian Supreme Coun­cil for Is­lamic Af­fairs (NSCIA) and the Chris­tian As­so­ci­a­tion of Nigeria (CAN) have not sub­mit­ted mem­o­randa to the Na­tional Con­fer­ence Com­mit­tee on Re­li­gion.

Find­ings by Daily Trust at the con­fer­ence sec­re­tariat re­vealed that the two re­li­gious groups though have six del­e­gates each to the con­fer­ence, yet they have not sub­mit­ted any memo to the com­mit­tee.

Daily Trust gath­ered that the ab­sence of any memo from the two ma­jor re­li­gious blocks have been a source of con­cern for the com­mit­tee which led a co-chair­man of the com­mit­tee Nu­rud­deen Lemu rais­ing the is­sue dur­ing a meet­ing be­tween com­mit­tee chair­men and the con­fer­ence prin­ci­pal of­fi­cers last Mon­day.

Lemu asked the sec­re­tariat man­age­ment whether CAN and NSCIA have for­warded their mem­o­randa to it, par­tic­u­larly as the com­mit­tees round off their work to­mor­row.

It was gath­ered also that most del­e­gates rep­re­sent­ing the re­li­gious bod­ies at the con­fer­ence have not selected the re­li­gion com­mit­tee with some of them com­plain­ing when they were co-opted into it.

The Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of the NSCIA Pro­fes­sor Ishaq Oloyede, who is leading the Mus­lim group to the con­fer­ence, protested his in­clu­sion as mem­ber of the re­li­gion com­mit­tee.

A source said Oloyede wrote the sec­re­tariat com­plain­ing that he didn’t want re­li­gion com­mit­tee in­stead he wanted to serve on com­mit­tee on law, ju­di­ciary and hu­man rights. But his re­quest was re­jected by the sec­re­tariat.

Both CAN and NSCIA have been en­gaged in war of words over chair­man­ship and even mem­ber­ship of re­li­gion com­mit­tee they de­cided not to send memo to.

The con­fer­ence was also em­broiled in con­fu­sion af­ter its in­au­gu­ra­tion, over re­li­gious-re­lated is­sues that in­cluded com­po­si­tion of del­e­gates, mode of prayer, places of wor­ship, among oth­ers.

Also, other del­e­gates with spe­cific con­cerns have also re­fused to serve on com­mit­tees that have di­rect bear­ing on their con­cerns.

It was gath­ered that the en­tire South East del­e­gates at the con­fer­ence shunned com­mit­tee on en­vi­ron­ment even though their re­gion is fac­ing se­ri­ous dan­gers of ero­sion, among oth­ers.

In­stead, ma­jor­ity of the South East del­e­gates selected com­mit­tees on de­vo­lu­tion of power and po­lit­i­cal re­struc­tur­ing and forms of govern­ment ap­par­ently to can­vass for additional state for the re­gion.

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