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Presidency denies Bar Association allegation

09 January 2014, 18:36

Abuja - President Goodluck Jonathan denied receiving the minority report from the Presidential Advisory Committee on the proposed National Conference.

According to Reuben Abati, Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, such allegations reportedly made by the President of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Okey Wali, on Wednesday untrue and incorrect.

“In fact, President Jonathan is unaware of the existence of a minority report supposedly prepared by a member of the Committee, Chief Solomon Asemota. It is also a verifiable fact that Chief Asemota himself was present at the submission of the committee’s report to the President on December 18, 2013 when the Chairman, Senator Femi Okurounmu spoke as follows in his address to President Jonathan,” Abati said.

“I want to make one or two comments about some newspaper reports to the effect that there is a minority report of our Committee. We have so far refrained from commenting on these reports because we consider it politically indiscreet and a grave violation of protocol for anyone to be commenting on a report that is yet to be formally submitted,” Abati added.

Abati added that the Presidency would like to reassure the NBA that his administration was guided in all instances by democratic principles.

“The idea of a National Conference is in itself loud evidence in this regard. We invite the Nigeria Bar Association and other professional bodies to support the administration’s efforts to strengthen our democratic process. Criticisms of such efforts can only be useful when they are constructive and based on facts.”

- CAJ News


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