By Soni Daniel, Regional Editor, North
ABUJA—As the debate over the conduct of the proposed National Dialogue intensifies, former Science and Technology Minister, Major-General Sam Momah, has warned against subjecting the report of the conference to the National Assembly for endorsement.
Momah, who spoke with Vanguard, noted that the idea of subjecting the outcome of the discourse to the NASS was wrong and inconsistent with the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
The former minister pointed out that there was no need to send the outcome of the dialogue to the NASS as sovereignty of Nigeria resides with the people, who elected the lawmakers to their represent posts.
The pioneer Commandant of the Nigerian War College said: “I think the issue of giving the final outcome of the dialogue to the National Assembly does not arise. I don’t know why that opinion came forth because the National Assembly is not sovereign.
“It is only the people of Nigeria that should determine what they want and not the representatives of the people of Nigeria in the National Assembly. It is the Nigerian masses who have that power and not the few representatives of the people in Abuja.
Momah also argued that it did not matter whether the conference was ordinary or sovereign as long as it provides a conducive platform for Nigerians to sit down and talk about their future and that of the nation.
He said: “It does really matter whether it is constitutional conference or sovereign national conference. We know that the aim is to better the welfare of Nigerians and the future of this country.
“So whatever we call it, I think the ultimate aim in is to gauge the opinion of the people of this great country. I am happy that the President did not immediately give it a name but merely raised an advisory committed to work out the details.
“I truly support what Mr. President did and congratulate him for that initiative, which I think will solve a lot of problems rearing their heads now.