Agbakoba, CACOL differ with Tinubu, others on national dialogue

Culled from PUNCH
October 7, 2013 by Ade Adesomo

Former President, Nigerian Bar Association, Mr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and the Coalition Against Corrupt Leaders have hailed the move by the Federal Government to convene a national dialogue conference.

Agbakoba and CACOL said on Monday that the nation would benefit from the conference, contrary to the opposition to the move by a National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, who described it as deceptive.

Among others, who had kicked against the conference, was Jigawa State Governor Sule Lamido, who on Sunday, described it as “illegal”, adding that his state would not participate in it.

But Agbakoba, in a statement on Monday, commended President Goodluck Jonathan, who in his address commemorating Nigeria’s 53rd Independence Day, described the setting up of the Senator Femi Okunrounmu-led committee as “a major milestone.”

In a separate statement by its Executive Chairman, Mr. Debo Adeniran, CACOL said those kicking against the conference were “self-serving.”

Adeniran said, “Those opposing national conference are self-serving. It is like they are living under the illusion that if the status quo remains, their party may actually take over the government and they also want to enjoy the inordinate proceeds of the pseudo-federalism that we are enduring before there is restructuring.”

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