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Confab: Our problem with‘new Constitution’, by Gov. Kwankwanso

Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State insists a plan to extend the tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan through the outcome of the National Conference is in the offing, but says it will not see the light of day. He also speaks, in this interview, on the plans of his party, the APC, for Nigeria in 2015

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Confab: Why we initially opposed final report — Professor Yadudu

Auwalu Yadudu is a constitutional lawyer, professor of law and teacher at Bayero University, Kano. He was a delegate representing North-west at the just concluded National Conference in Abuja. He served at the Deputy Chairman of the Conference Standing Committee on Law, Judiciary, Human Rights and Law Reforms. In this interview, he explains why the north was initially opposed to the adoption of the final report of the conference

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Confab: The North’s opposition to ‘ new constitution’

In the beginning was crisis. It then reached the climax in the course of time, threatening the unity, peace and progress of Nigeria. The North and the South became virulently divided, holding each other at an arm’s length. Eventually, a truce was brokered. But at the National Conference twilight, tenure elongation fear played out and again posed grave threat to an envisaged success. But, on Thursday, the devil was collectively thrown to the evil forest. This is an account of the valedictory session of the 2014 National Conference, convened on March 17, 2014, in which the 492 delegates adopted the final report of the exercise

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What we have is a new constitution — Col Nyiam

Obviously we went through that process where there was disagreement and it was healthy. For a long time in history we have been forced on ourselves. For the first time in history, we opened up and talked to ourselves. Apparently it looks as if we were divided, but we had a heart-to-heart talk and, at the end of the day, what is remarkable is that we ended up amicably. And we agreed that what we have is a unity in diversity, federalism and we must respect the differences we have. Again this wasn’t surprising because this was what Ahmadu Bello said years ago.

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