Group says confab will strengthen Ogoni Self –Government declaration.
The President of the Movement for the Survival of Ogoni People, MOSOP, Goodluck Diigbo, has faulted the composition of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference, which was inaugurated on Monday.
Mr. Diigbo complained that the committee was dominated by academics and politicians.
He, however, commended President Goodluck Jonathan, for proposing the national dialogue, saying no other legacy of the president could compensate for the failure of the Sovereign National Conference, SNC.
Mr. Jonathan had, on Monday, inaugurated a 13-member committee headed by former Senator, Femi Okurounmu, to midwife the proposed conference.
Other members of the committee include: Funke Adedayo, Abubakar Sadiq, Mairo Ahmed Marshi, Timothy Adudu, Solomon Asemota, Tony Uranta, Akilu Ndabawa, Khairat Abdurazaq-Gwadabe, Tony Nyiam, Bukhari Bello, Dauda Birma and George Obiozor.
“Where was his closest adviser when he dominated the committee with men; these politicians and academicians? It doesn’t communicate the degree of seriousness I presume Jonathan attaches to SNC. It doesn’t minimise his boldest step so far, though,” Mr. Diigbo said.
“Its composition shouldn’t limit SNC vision to mere intellectual purposes, or permit politicians to concoct it to fit their scheme. SNC must be driven to the moral end, for its outcome to be credible and acceptable.”
The MOSOP President, who is also its spokesperson, said the 13-member Advisory Committee had no powers to set up the agenda beyond advising the president on how to facilitate the conference.
“While compromises may be necessary in order to agree on key differences, the Sovereign National Conference, more than anything else, requires compliance with ‘due process,’ which pre-emptive agenda might short-change, corrupt, jeopardize and damage outcome,” he said.
Mr. Diigbo said the proposed conference would strengthen Ogoni Self –Government declaration of August 2, 2012, instead of diminishing it.
“I have asked my fellow Ogoni people to continually nurture their self-government. We asked for a Sovereign Conference, not as slaves or a colony, but to put slavery and internal colonialism behind us.
“We are not sheep. MOSOP will monitor the process from now on to guide any future decision by the Ogoni people. This is where we are for now.”
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