Say or Do as You Wish, Sovereign National Conference Remains Unrealistic – Senate

The Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution has pointed out that the calls for a Sovereign National Conference remains untenable, their reason being that there can only be one sovereignty in a nation. This was contained in a summary of issues at the end of the committee’s retreat in Asaba as read by the Senate Leader, Chief Victor Ndoma-Egba on Saturday.

However, the Senate said it recognizes the right of Nigerians to hold opinions and to freely associate. According to the statement, “The committee reiterates the fact that there can be no other sovereignty that can be derived from the constitution and that sovereignty is derived from the 1999 constitution; no nation can have two sovereignties at the same time… The insistence in certain quarters for a sovereign national conference is untenable as there can only be one sovereignty in a nation.’’

Meanwhile, former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Sani Yerima, and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto, Matthew Kukah – both panellists at the ongoing retreat for members of the Senate Committee on the Review of the 1999 Constitution in Asaba – on Saturday disagreed on the role of government in the country’s religious affairs when the amended parts of the current constitution become operational.

They also took different positions on government’s sponsorship of pilgrimages. While Yerima warned against expunging religion from the ongoing amendment, Kukah maintained that religion should not be the business of the state, noting that the government should face more critical areas of development.

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6 Comments

  • If they make peaceful gathering impossible for Nigerians to discuss, then violent groups will be inevitable… More boko haram coming

  • Do not mind this man. He is an opportunnist, he wants to be the next President of Nigeria in his dream. You remember he once said when he was a minister of communacation that telephone is not meant for poor nigerians. Today,he had been proved wrong. The Fulanis are killing his people but because he wants to be President, he can step on thier blood to achieve his own ambition. He will sing another song as usual if the tide turns against him. He is living in a fools paradise.

  • If d two Houses can not agree on a common ground concerning nigerian national conference to hold,just to know weather nigeria is still qualify to be one Country or not!But our ruleing class Boys has deprived Nigerians dat opportunity,why ?With all these suspiciouse attitude of the two Houses.I am accuseing our Politicians of using the innocent nigerian Blood as there source of energy in there Ocultic world. The more Nigerians are dieing, the more the have there power to rule wickedly.WHERE TWO TREES ARE FIGHTING,IT IS ONLY A CUTLASS CAN SEPERATE THEM.U PEOPLE CAN INVITE AMERICA TO COME & DO JUSTICE TO THIS COUNTRY.IF U CAN NOT.

  • Nigeria is in this poor state of gross corruption and anarchy because the senate had failed to carry out its oversight function on the executive. If the senate president who is piloting the house lacks knowledge of good governance and has no interest of poor Nigerians at heart, then what will you expect if such a person becomes a president? Nigeria will be ruined to nothing. God wil never allow you to succeed insha Allah.

  • I have argued several times that the worst Boko Haram are the IGBO’s & other Nigerians that alter statements like this.
    @Seedofdworld
    July 22, 2012 at 3:30 pm
    If they make peaceful gathering impossible for Nigerians to discuss, then violent groups will be inevitable… More boko haram coming

  • @John lebeorusa: The problem with people like you is that you think and you take America to be your god. Useless idiots. If you dont know, America is just a coun try like Nigeria is and with its peculiar problems. Olodo wey no sabi anything

    @John lebeorusa
    July 22, 2012 at 6:02 pm
    If d two Houses can not agree on a common ground concerning nigerian national conference to hold,just to know weather nigeria is still qualify to be one Country or not!But our ruleing class Boys has deprived Nigerians dat opportunity,why ?With all these suspiciouse attitude of the two Houses.I am accuseing our Politicians of using the innocent nigerian Blood as there source of energy in there Ocultic world. The more Nigerians are dieing, the more the have there power to rule wickedly.WHERE TWO TREES ARE FIGHTING,IT IS ONLY A CUTLASS CAN SEPERATE THEM.U PEOPLE CAN INVITE AMERICA TO COME & DO JUSTICE TO THIS COUNTRY.IF U CAN NOT

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