FG releases modalities for confab today

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BY TAYE OBATERU, OKEY NDIRIBE & MARIE-THERESE NANLONG

The Federal Government will today release modalities for the convocation of the National Dialogue proposed last October by President Goodluck Jonathan.

This was contained in a special invitation sent to Vanguard, yesterday, by Mr. Sam Nwaobasi, the Special Adviser on Media to Secretary of the Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator Anyim Pius Anyim.

This was even as Governor Jonah Jang of Plateau State  urged the National Assembly, NASS,  to suspend action on the amendment of the constitution as it might not reflect the yearnings of Nigerians.

Jang urged NASS to instead, await the outcome of the proposed national dialogue.

Jonathan, had during his Independence Day broadcast last October, promised to set up a Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue with Senator Femi Okurounmu as Chairman.

Other members of the committee included, Dr. Akilu Sani Indabawa -Secretary, with Senators Khairat Abdulrazaq-Gwadabe,  Timothy Adudu as well as Professors Olufunke Adeboye, George  Obiozor and  Ben Nwabueze, SAN.

They also included Dr. Abubakar Siddique Mohammed; Malam Bukhari Bello, Mr. Tony Uranta ; Col. Tony Nyiam (rtd); Alhaji Dauda Birmah and Dr. Mrs. Mairo Ahmed Amshi.

Speaking  at the inauguration of the committee on October 7, 2013, Jonathan had described the committee as ‘’a child of necessity,’’ comprising ‘‘Nigerians with wide experiences from various disciplines.’’

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