BY HUGO ODIOGOR
ABUJA—THE forthcoming National Conference is not a forum to promote the presidential ambition of President Goodluck Jonathan or parochial political agenda of any naional group but a timely call on Nigerians to set another milestone for a brighter future and national renewal.
Special Adviser to the President on Political Matter, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak stated this yesterday as he expressed satisfaction with the quality of delegates that are being nominated by states and groups to represent them at the Conference, which is expected to start this month.
In a statement yesterday, Alhaji Gulak said President Jonathan is not using the National Conference as a platform to advance his personal political agenda as the issues to be deliberated of are greater than the aspirations of any individual or political group.
He said: “We are talking about the structure of our country and the relationship between and amongst its people, we are faced with determining how we get our resources and how we utilise them for development that will make life meaningful and sustainable for millions of Nigerians.
“We are concerned about the structure of government and the cost of governance, and cannot relegate issues of peaceful co-existence among Nigerians and also respect for gender, human rights, rule of law, freedom of worship and honouring international obligations in a fast changing world.”
Former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade had told Vanguard last week “that President Goodluck Jonathan would have missed the opportunity to build a new Nigeria and immortalise his name as a statesman and nationalist, if allows the National Conference to be turned into an avenue f