Mixed Reactions Trail National Conference

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Apr 7th, 2014

Modupe OdeleThree weeks into the highly anticipated and very controversial National Conference and though delegates are yet to fully settle down into the main business, arguments have been heated and some are already threatening a walk out.

Sadly, one of the delegates, who gained online prominence after a picture of him sleeping went viral, has passed away after a brief illness and condolences have been coming in from around the country.

Though no significant progress has been made at the conference, this edition of Channels Beam looked at how far the delegates have gone in carrying out their mandate and to what extent this mandate can be achieved.

Our online Correspondent, Victor Mathias, who spoke to a legal practitioner, Modupe Odele, was also be joined on the programme by other passionate Nigerians via a video chat.

While some of those who joined via the video chat expressed optimism about the conference and its outcome, others had their minds settled that it is an effort in futility.

Mathias reports that the “National Conference organized by the president is expected to center on how to resolve the country’s constitutional challenges” he adds that “it is also meant to address all matters except issues bothering on the indivisibility  of Nigeria as a nation”.

He further notes that “unless nerves are calm and personal interests downplayed the conference will end up like another jamboree”.

Victor Mathias tweets @victor_mbidi

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