By Patrick Andrew & Ochiaka Ugwu
President Goodluck Jonathan yesterday praised himself for organising a successful national conference, saying the peaceful ending of the 2014 Conference has put paid to the speculation that it will fail.
President Jonathan said he meant well for the country and promised to implement the recommendations of the 2014 Conference, which officially closed yesterday.
Jonathan made the statement at the National Judicial Institute (NJI), during the closing ceremony of the conference, where he also received the 21-volume report from the conference chairman, Justice Idris Legbo Kutigi.
President Jonathan also said the successful conclusion of the conference have proved cynics, who believed the conference was a mistake well calculated and projected to fail, wrong.
He said some of the recommendations of the conference will be considered by the National Council of State, while the remaining ones will be sent to the National Assembly.
The President, accompanied by Vice President, Mohammed Namadi Sambo and some ministers, praised the 494 members of the conference for arriving at every decision through consensus without an option of a vote or division.
He said the quality of debate and the depth of contributions added to the ability of the delegates to resolve every argument without burying or suspending them was indicative of the fact that “it is a new dawn in Nigeria and a new nation is at the door.”
President Jonathan expressed gratitude to the delegates for displaying deep patriotic zeal which has led to the successful accomplishment of the idea behind the conference which was that of creating a platform for sincere dialogue among the citizens.
The President was emphatic that the success of the conference has proved cynics wrong in many respects and has built a new architecture of national development as the country moves into the next 100 years of its existence.
He paid tributes to four members of the conference who died in the course of the national assignment. He also consoled Justice Kutigi on the death of his wife during the conference period.
While submitting the report, Justice Kutigi said the purpose of the conference included addressing the fears, disappointments, aspirations and hopes, “which have accumulated over 100 years.
Under the circumstance, he said “it is only to be expected that the debate would be robust; and indeed the debates were robust. It was only to be expected that tempers would fly; and tempers did fly.
Justice Kutigi disclosed that at the end of the conference, more than 600 resolutions dealing with issues of law, issues of policy and issues of constitutional amendments were approved.
The chairman said adopting all the resolutions through consensus; “is a message that we wish the world to hear loud and clear. Nigerians are capable of not only discussing their differences but are also capable of coming up with solutions to these difficulties.”