Friday, October 18, 2013

National Confab: Presidency Has No Hidden Agenda – Tukur

The proposed National Conference will not create disunity among Nigerians but rather promote peace, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur has said.

Tukur, who was allaying fears expressed in some quarters about the National Conference, said that those opposing it must have something to hide.
Speaking in an interview with journalists in Yola, the Adamawa State capital, Tukur argued that President Goodluck Jonathan had proposed the conference with the aim of resolving issues that threaten unity among different groups in Nigeria. Continue...

He noted that the National Conference would provide an opportunity for Nigerians to pour out their mind on issues affecting them with the view of finding a common ground based on mutual understanding and respect for one another.
“How can dialogue bring disunity among Nigerians; dialogue promotes understanding and respect. Even in your house, when you have two wives, if you don’t bring them to dialogue you will not have peace,” he said.

On the opposition by some individuals and groups to the idea of a national conference, the PDP national chairman said only pessimists, insincere and relevance seeking persons will oppose the talks.
According to him, as long as the country remains one, there is the need for its constituent parts to be in dialogue to address issues of national importance and chart the best way forward.
“There is nothing like hidden agenda. Is it in all the issues that we have disagreed. Remember, some people have all along been clamouring for national conference, do you shut them up? Well, the job of opposition is to oppose and the job of government is to govern,” he stated.

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