Reading about how the National Conference has fared from day one, nothing one says about it today would be much of a surprise to anyone. From the unusual sleeping habits of the members to the inadequate representation of generations under 50; you name every kind of absurdity, and you have it in the conference.
The peculiar dimension to the tongue lashing of the conference is the fact that even some members of the conference have joined in ridiculing it. Consider the following comments from the Chairman of the conference, a former Supreme Court Justice, Justice Kutigi. On occasion where the delegates abandoned the conference just to attend the marriage ceremonies of the President’s daughter, to which they were not invited, Justice Kutigi has the following rebuke for them:
â€œif delegates continue like this, Nigerians would not take the conference serious. Delegates have the option of turning the nomination down ab initio if it would affect their personal business or political activities, but it was clear that the money attracted some of the delegates. Now they realised that the amount publicised was not what they were being given, they have become disinterested in the whole exercise.â€
But what about the other silly things that have happened or are happening in the conference? For instance, what about the report that “The President, Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor is to host all Christian delegates to the National Conference”?
Can anyone imagine anything more silly than having Christians-versus-Muslim factions in the conference? Will some Imam also host a reception for Muslim delegates. Now, you know who the enemies of Nigeria are.
Well, Kitigi was right, and it is surprising it came from him. It was the money and selfish motives and greed that made people not interested in the future of Nigeria end up as delegates. They arrive at the conference each morning and eat their pounded yam. Then they head off to town to look for business or contract. That is the delegate to the Nigerian National Conference.