Daily Trust (Abuja)

21 December 2013

Nigeria: National Confab More Important Than 2015 Elections - Afenifere

The pan-Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, says the proposed national conference is more important than the 2015 general elections.

The leader of the group, Chief Reuben Fasoranti, said this at the State House in Abuja yesterday when he led his members to a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.

Fasoranti assured Jonathan of Afenifere's support, saying his initiative on the proposed national conference, if faithfully implemented, would earn him a good place in history.

He advised that the conference be concluded early so that the 2015 elections could be conducted "on the basis of the new constitution".

"Afenifere considers the national conference as the soul of a new Nigeria, and as such, much more important than anything in the polity, 2015 elections inclusive... We believe the time has come for us to sit and find lasting solutions from the stakeholders across Nigeria to our challenges as against a temporary relief that brings greater and long-lasting sorrows which some letter- writers and their groups have given us since 1966," he said.

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