Don’t send Confab outcome to NASS- CACOL tells Jonathan

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The Coaliton Against Corrupt Leaders (CACOL), has differed with President Goodluck Jonathan on sending the outcome of the National Conference to the National Assembly.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday had said that he would forward the outcome of the national conference to the National Assembly so that it would form an integral part of the ongoing Constitution amendment.
Reacting to this development on behalf of the Coalition, its Executive Chairman, Comrade Debo Adeniran, said the conference may not be necessary if its outcome would be subjected to the whims and caprices of the National Assembly, and that anything short of referendum is a political gimmick to bamboozle the Nigerian people.
He said, “Sending the outcome of the Sovereign National Conference to the National Assembly for ratification defeats the purpose completely. The final decision should rest with the people. If the conference must hold, its outcome must be ratified by the Nigerian people through a referendum; anything short of this is no longer a conference of the people, but an imposition. Sending the outcome of the conference to the National Assembly to incorporate in the constitution amendment project would amount to a great waste of resources, time and effort and will make it just a conference.”
He stated further that if the outcome is to be endorsed by NASS, it would end up being another ‘talk shop’, “What Nigerians want is Sovereign National Conference. Other regimes had tried their hands on a conference. Nigerians are tired of having just a conference. We have had the constituency assembly in the days of Shagari, we had general debate about the economy under Babangida; we had the constitutional conference under Abacha. We had another conference under Obasanjo”, he mentioned.
Adeniran noted that the NASS, which could be described as political brigandage that has been holding the growth of the nation down through their jumbo salaries and high corruption, had itself viewed the national conference as threatening its self-serving interests.
He questioned the rationale, saying “How do we expect them to vet the recommendations and adopt them without bias? How many pro-masses law has ever been passed by these so-called legislators since the inception of democracy 14 years ago? How are we be sure that this one too will not go the way of other pro-masses bills thrashed by the National Assembly?

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