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National Political Reform Conference
NigerianMuse | SNCProject
I can't be used - TobiThe Chairman of the National Political Reform Conference, Justice Niki Tobi, has said that nobody, no matter how highly placed, could dictate to him how to discharge his duties. "No human being can tele-guide me.No human being so far has the ability to tele-guide me," Tobi stressed. He was reacting on Wednesday to the submission by the leader of the Nasarawa State delegation to the conference, Group Capt. Usman Jibril, during the debate by delegates on the speech by President Olusegun Obasanjo at the inauguration of the NPRC on February 21. Jibril had, while commenting on the President's speech, said Tobi "should not allow anyone to tele-guide him." "It is my prayer the Chairman, Justice Niki Tobi, would be able to handle the debate in a way the unity of the country will not be threatened".
NATIONAL POLITICAL REFORM CONFERENCE
As President Olusegun Obasanjo and Honourable Justice Niki Tobi, the chairman of the Conference, have pointed out, it has been a great success.
Crisis In The Confab
Justice Niki Tobi, chairman of the NPRC admitted that the commotion stressed him, although he was optimistic that all would be well.
National Confab and divide et impera syndrome
On the day the Confab was inaugurated, Justice Tobi (lachrymose), announced that his job as chairman of the Conference was to keep Nigeria one at all costs and that if the talks tended in a different direction, he would vacate his seat and return it to the President.
President Obasanjo had got the right man, and he gave vent to a broad smile. From the beginning of the deliberations to the end, Justice Niki Tobi left no one in doubt as to where his sympathies were located - on the side of the North and of his appointors - the enslaving Establishment. Without adequate debate on issues affecting any other part of the country other than the North, he would create divisions, without demur, with a clearheaded appreciation of the dangers that would accompany such moves. When the Committee submitted its report to the whole house, Justice Niki Tobi flirtatiously called Chief Elechi by name and asked him to propose a motion for the adoption of the Joe Irukwu-Umaru Dikko recommendation, and similarly called on Alhaji Abdullahi Ibrahim to second Elechi's motion, a strange and unorthodox procedure, which elicited from Prof. Omafume Onoge, a renowned professor of Sociology and Anthropology, the apposite label "incestuous". Also, delivering his judgment at the abrupt and dreary end of the Conference, Justice Tobi vociferated: "Five zones; thirty States, have approved all the resolutions made here; only one zone, six states, opposed one resolution, only one resolution, on resource control..." A northern delegate then openly advised him to cause a motion to be proposed, among other things, that only 17 per cent derivation was approved by the Conference. He called on his "adviser" to propose the motion and on a man sitting next to his "adviser" (another northerner) to second the motion. They did as requested, and he made himself hoarse: "Motion is carried!", without asking for any dissenting voice!