Abubakar Backs Confab, Centenary Celebrations

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Akin Akande, Abuja

Former Head of State, General Abdusalami Abubakar,   has declared support for President Goodluck Jonathan’s proposed national conference.

In an interview with journalists  shortly after making a presentation to the President  as the Board Chairman of the proposed nation’s Centenary City, Abubakar noted: “It is better to jaw jaw than to war war.”

The former military Head of State also said that contrary to the belief of some people, the country has reasons to celebrate its centenary in 2014.

Also speaking to journalists after his committee on national dialogue was inaugurated by President Jonathan, Senator Femi Okurounmu, expressed surprise at the statements credited to foremost opposition leader, Bola Tinubu.

The committee chairman said Tinubu’s doublespeak was shocking, adding that the former Lagos governor had been in the forefront of the demand for a Sovereign National Conference (SNC).

Tinubu had on return from a medical trip abroad at the weekend kicked against Jonathan’s planned national dialogue, accusing the President of insincerity and diversionary tactics.

In his reaction yesterday, Okurounmu said: “Tinubu must have been misquoted. Tinubu has been one of the financiers  of the agitations for national conference. He funded the PRONACO conference, which was held in Lagos.

So Tinubu has been at the forefront for the agitation for national conference so the press must have been misquoting him. That must be another Tinubu, not the Tinubu I know.”