President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the appointment of Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN) as member of the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue as a replacement for Col. Tony Nyiam (rtd).

This was disclosed in a statement signed by the Special Assistant on Media to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Sam Nwaobasi.

The statement said Asemota is to resume with the Committee with effect from Wednesday.

A row had recently ensued at the South-south sitting of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Conference/Dialogue, held in Benin-City, Edo State, where Nyiam was said to displayed unruly actions which almost disrupted the exercise targeted at seeking the input of Nigerians in the search for a system that will be agreeable to everyone as a nation.

The event was said to have attracted leaders of the South-South region including Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State, the Iyase of Benin Kingdom, Chief Sam Igbe, the Esogban of Benin Kingdom, Chief David Edebiri, Senator Francis Okpozo, Chief Diette Spiff, Maj.Gen. Patrick Aziza, Prof. Sam Oyovbaire, Barr Edward Ekpoko (Itsekiri leader), Rear Admiral Peter Eluma, Chief Benjamin Elue, Chief Clark Gbenewei, Chief Dennis Oturo, former Governor Diepreye Alamesiegha, Chief Emmanuel Okumagba and Comrade Paul Bebenimibo.

In the course his presentation, the governor had expressed doubt about the success of the exercise, stating that it might be another waste of public resources.

Oshiomole had however made it clear that he was only stating his personal opinion like any other Nigerian including those that had spoken before him adding that the lack of an agenda for the National Dialogue presupposes that it will lead to no where.

Nyiam was said to have attempted to interrupt the governor who was still talking.

Defending his action, Nyiam alleged that the governor spoke to the committee members as if they were kindergarten students when they visited his office.


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