Dr Femi Okurounmu

The Chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee on National Dialogue, Dr Femi Okurounmu, said on Monday that the Federal Government had no pre-determined agenda.

Okurounmo spoke in Sokoto at the North-West public hearing of the committee. He said the hearing was organised to collate the views of Nigerians from Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara States.

“The Federal Government wants Nigerians to decide on what issues to be discussed at the conference.

“Nigerians will also decide on how large it will be; its legality and representation. The people are the architects of the conference??, he added.

The chairman said the forum would be a conference of Nigerians, for Nigerians and by Nigerians.

Okurounmu also said the conference was aimed at removing all the causes of friction, social turbulence and instability.

“This is to have an equitable, happier, prosperous and united nation, where all will have common identity and destiny.

“This will help us in entrenching more patriotism in Nigeria, hence, lead to improved national unity and cohesion,” he stressed.

The chairman described Sokoto state as crucial to project Nigeria.

Alhaji Inuwa Abdulkadir, the Chairman of the 32-man Committee set up by the Sokoto State Government on the conference, said the region shared common cultural and mono-ethnic identities.

Abdulkadir, a former Minister of Youth and Social Development, said: “The zone is very important in the current enterprise called Nigeria.??

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