BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI—The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has declared the President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposed National Conference as another dummy by the presidency to deceive Nigerians.
According to them, ”the process will definitely be manipulated by the government to suit their own purpose. The fact is that, at the end of the day, it will turn out to another jamboree and avenue for people to make money from the system.”
Benue State Chairman of the CNPP, Mr. Baba Agan who spoke, yesterday, with Vanguard in Makurdi, said: “Mark my word, money will be the determining factor in everything that will transpire at that conference; they just want to deceive Nigerians.
”Nobody can trust this PDP government to diligently convene a national confab without the process being manipulated and exploited to suit the purpose of the conveners.
”They will influence the entire process and at the end of the day, the wishes, aspirations and voice of the ordinary Nigerian would be subsumed by the wishes of our leaders who do not care about the poor and needy.
”The truth is that Nigeria is faced with array of problems but corruption and the Boko Haram menace are the most devastating, and if we are serious with the fight against corruption in this country, let us emulate the Chinese example.
”We need laws that can bite, stiffer penalties for corrupt practices are what we need in this country. If we do that, every other thing will fall into place. We are tired of these talk shops.”