Public Affairs commentator and Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah has declared that the proposed National Conference scheduled to begin next month will not achieve any tangible result for the people of Nigeria.
The outspoken cleric, who spoke to Hausa Service of the British Broadcasting Corporation, BBC, monitored in Abuja, noted that the proposed conference would not be an avenue to genuinely discuss the problems confronting the country, saying it would rather be a place for political gossip, even as he accused President Goodluck Jonathan of inviting mostly politicians to the conference.
Bishop Kukah said that worsening living conditions of many Nigerians does not necessarily require the convocation of a national conference for them to be addressed and therefore accused the president of governing the country without conscience.
He also decried the current political situation in Nigeria.
According to him, “The entire landscape is riddled with all kinds of characters some with criminal records, who come into politics simply because it is the only way they can earn a living”.
He said that Mr. Jonathan should have presented the idea of the national conference as one of his campaign manifestos before the 2011 presidential elections.
“Jonathan should have thought of something important than proposing national conference that had drawn divergent views”, the cleric maintained.