President Goodluck Jonathan

The Nigerian President, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, will on Monday inaugurate the National Conference at the National Judiciary Institute along Jeba road in Abuja, Nigeria?s capital.

Expected at the conference are 492 delegates, comprising the ethnic nationalities in Nigeria, professional groups, political representatives, and civil society groups amongst others.

They will be deliberating on how to resolve the country?s constitutional challenges.

The national conference, convened by the present government, is meant to address all matters except issues bothering on the indivisibility and indissolubility of Nigeria as a nation.

The event, which will last for three months, is expected to form a consensus and advise the Federal Government on the legal framework procedures, options for integrating the decisions and outcome of the conference into the nation?s constitution.

The conference will be chaired by retired Justice Idris Kutigi.

Some lawyers have stressed the need for the National Assembly to consider how the conference result would be enshrined into the constitution before the end of the conference. They have suggested that decisions reached could either go through a referendum or deliberation and adoption by the National Assembly.

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