Vanguard (Lagos)

27 February 2014

Nigeria: Akinrinade Leads Five Other Osun Delegates to Confab

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National conference delegates.

Osogbo — Osun State Government has announced the nomination of a former Chief of General Staff and elder statesman, General Alani Akinrinade, former Speaker of the State House of Assembly, Professor Mojeed Alabi and four others to represent the state at the forthcoming national conference.

Other nominees according to a statement by the Director, Bureau of Communications and Strategy, Mr. Semiu Okanlawon, are a former Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Defence Mr. Femi Akande, former Commissioner for Justice in the State, Chief Gbadegesin Adedeji, Director General of Development Agenda for Western Nigerian Commission, Mr. Dipo Famakinwa and Mrs. Bola Ogunrinade.

Meanwhile, traditional religion worshippers have faulted the non inclusion of members in the proposed national conference which kicks off in Abuja next month.

At a briefing yesterday in Osogbo, President, World League of Traditional Religions, Prince Adigun Olosun said non-recognition of members in the federal government slot where the Muslims got 18 and their Christians counterpart also got 18 slots was not fair.

He argued that the non inclusion of traditionalists in the delegates would increase the anger in the society and would be viewed as deliberate marginalisation of members.

He said: "We traditionalists hereby demand for our 18 slots in the spirit of equity and fairness. We are part of Nigeria and we are also active in the society. Any attempt to bypass traditionalists in the national conference of this nature is like putting fire on the roof of the house.

"All interests are supposed to be well represented in the conference. We are using this opportunity to tell President Goodluck Jonathan and all stakeholders of Nigerian project to quickly allocate 18 places to us before the commencement of the conference or be prepared to face legal action."

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