Sunday, March 23, 2014
The umbrella body of northern Nigeria, Arewa Consultative Forum, has said the North has buried its initial plan to walk out of the National Conference, if the agenda of the conference does not address issues that affect the North.
A communiqué issued by the Northern Elders’ Forum after its two-day meeting in Kano on March 11, 2014, had asked delegates to the conference to stage a walkout whenever it became clear that their interest was at stake.
The northern elders had also dismissed the national conference saying, it “lacks a constitutional basis or any form of legitimacy or authority to speak for the people of the North or other Nigerians.”
Human rights lawyer, Mr. Femi Falana, has said he would donate his Federal Government allowance for the ongoing National Conference, totalling N12m, to charity.
He said he would not reject the allowances like some of his colleagues but would give it to the needy. He said this was to prevent a possible diversion of the money.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria is the third out of the 492 delegates at the conference to decline spending the money. Others are Pastor Tunde Bakare, and a former President, Nigeria Bar Association, Olisa Agbakoba, also a SAN.
President Goodluck Jonathan on Saturday met with Pope Francis and the Vatican’s Secretary of State, Monsignor Pietro Parolin, in Rome. Christian pilgrims from Anambra, Kaduna and the Federal Capital Territory, were part of the President’s delegation to the Vatican City but they remained at the courtyard while the papal audience lasted.
The Federal Government may not refund the N1,000 application fee that was paid by each of the 693,000 applicants that participated in the Nigerian Immigration Service recruitment on March 15.
The FG had on Wednesday cancelled the recruitment exercise, which claimed 18 applicants’ lives.
The Public Relations Officer of the NIS, Mr. Emeka Obua, told SUNDAY PUNCH on Saturday that the service had not received any directive on the refund of the money.