Despite the opposition from the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-west, against the proposed National Conference by President Goodluck Jonathan, some pan-Yoruba groups have continued to support the convocation of the conference, just as the leader of the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC), Chief Gani Adams, said the dialogue was inevitable in order to build a stronger Nigeria.
From the United States of America came a strong boost for the conference as Yorubas resident in the US charged the Yoruba race to actively participate in the conference in the interest of the South-west zone.
But, the Special Adviser to the President on Niger Delta, Mr. Kingsley Kuku, National spokesperson for Afenifere Renewal Group (ARG), Mr. Yinka Odumakin, OPC leader, Adams, accompanied by other self-determination groups, who visited the Lagos residence of the late human rights activist, Baba Omojola, yesterday urged Nigerians to support the dialogue in the interest of the nation.
According to Kuku, the divergent views being expressed about the conference by some people is not unexpected, but maintained that National Conference among the different ethnic nationalities in the country would be a fulfilment of decades of yearning by the likes of late Omojola, who died a day after he presented a nationalistic position to the National Dialogue committee in Akure, the Ondo State capital.
Commenting also, Adams, who expressed the need for Nigerians to hold the conference, also prescribed it as capable of addressing the plethora of problems confronting the country.
On the proposal by President Jonathan to refer the outcome of the conference to the National Assembly, Odumakin said that alone was not enough excuse to abandon the conference by those kicking against it.
However, speaking under the auspices of Oodua Nation in the North America, the citizens supported the position of Afenifere leaders that the conference would be in the interest of the Yoruba nation to participate in the confab, so that their interest could be protected.
Aside from commending the president for the initiative, they also charged him not subject the outcome of the conference to any ratification by the national assembly.
The group, whose position was contained in an electronic mail made available to journalists in Ado-Ekiti yesterday and signed by its President, Mr. Samuel Ayodele, said: “We also wish to state categorically that we are against the submission of the final report of the conference to the National Assembly which does not seem to represent the general interest of our people, while commending the federal government effort for proposing this historic conference.
“We also want to submit that the report of the conference shall be subject to referendum, the final product must not be tampered with and also should not be treated like the previous ones that never saw the light of day.”
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