BY GBENGA ARIYIBI

ADO EKITI — An erstwhile  member of Senator Femi Okurounmu  led Committee on National Conference, Col Tony Nyiam, (rtd), has said that people of the South West geo-political zone have been marginalised by the Federal Government under President Goodluck Jonathan.

According to him: “The development  has stopped  people of the zone from occupying the number one to seven  in the nations order of protocol.

While noting the leadership role and the sacrifice the people of the zone had made to the socio-economic and political development of Nigeria in the past, Nyiam called on the President to re- dress the issue.

Speaking as  a lead speaker during a  colloquium organised by Oodua Initiative, in Ado Ekiti yesterday, he condemned how the zone, which he described  as the flagship of  Nigeria,  “is being marginalised in all fronts by the  present administration.”

Nyiam, who was delivering a paper entitled, ‘The Imperative of National Conference to the Unity and Development of Nigeria,’ organised by Oodua Intiatives, stated that the trend should not continue.

Speaking earlier, the President of the group, Dr. Olusanya Awosan, however, exonerated President Jonathan of  blame, saying the President supported Hon. Mulikat Akande from Oyo State  for the position of  the Speaker of House of Representatives, which he said some political actors  from the zone  worked against.

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