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Jonathan appeals for unity as national conference begins

17 March 2014, 20:12

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan has urged all delegates to the National Conference to focus on building unity.

"I want to urge all delegates to focus on our togetherness even as we put in our very best to build a cohesive union in the interest of the communities and institutions that we have come to the conference to represent," he stated.

He added, "Three weeks ago, we celebrated our centenary as a nation and took stock of what we have achieved in the last hundred years. As we journey into this new century of nationhood, it is necessary that we come together to deliberate on how we can build on the gains of the last century and foster greater understanding amongst the various people of Nigeria so that we can achieve more in the centuries ahead."

According to the President, now was Nigeria time.

"This is our century. All Nigerians must stand behind our flag and place Nigeria first in all we do. I pray for fruitful deliberations and may God bless the conference and Nigeria."

About 500 delegates, comprising the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, professional groups, political representatives and civil society groups are expected for the conference.

They are expected to discuss and adopt strategies to resolve the country's constitutional challenges.

The event, which began on Monday, is expected to last for three months.

 - CAJ News


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