Deputy Chairman of the 2014 National Conference, Professor Bolaji Akinyemi, has debunked allegations by the Secretary General of the Federation, SGF, Babachir Lawal that delegates to the confab get N7m each.
In an official statement signed by the elder statesman, Prof. Akinyemi also lampooned Babachir Lawal for referring to the delegates of the conference as ‘boys’ and described his choice of words as “crude, rude, offensive and unbecoming of the high office he occupies.”
Akinyemi stated that among the delegates the SGF referred to as boys were “the Emir of Ilorin, the Lamido of Adamawa, King Arfred Diete Spiff, the Gbong Gwom of Jos, Emir of Yauri, Emir of Dutse, Emir of Askira and the Amanyanabo of Nembe.
“Various judges of the High Courts, delegates included a former Chief of Defence Staff, a former Chief of Air Staff, three former foreign ministers, a former Inspector General of Police, two former senate presidents, a former SGF, several former ministers, several SANs, several former governors, professors… Presiding was a former Chief Justice of Nigeria and a former Minister of External Affairs.”
According to Akinyemi, “My own upbringing and diplomatic and scholar’s disposition will not allow me to yield to the temptation to call Engr Lawal by the name his own choice of words has reduced him to.
“Most of the delegates there were people who had paid their dues; served this country in high and exalted positions, risked their lives in the civil war and other domestic insurrections and showed exceptional excellence in the performance of their duties, obviously more excellence than Engr Lawal had demonstrated in his one year in office,” he stated.
The confab’s deputy chairman called out the SGF to get his facts right in response to the SGF’s comment in the published interview where he (SGF) said “… everybody in the committee got N7 million.”
“Come on Mr SGF. You have been in the office that funded the conference and you have been there for over a year, and all you need to do is to send for the files to know that what members were paid is much less than N7 million per head. You do not have to depend on rumours or ‘dem say.’
“Frankly, I will not plead for the report of the conference to be considered by your government. Governments come and governments go. The problems will remain. We will all be judged by whether we were part of the solution or part of the problems,” Akinyemi stated.
The federal government has been under intense pressure in the past few months to implement the report of the 2014 confab and restructure the country.

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  • Benny agafa

    The 7 million was understatement the money was up to 9 million for each member but for those that are leaders in that conference got up to 13 million. The SGF knows what he is saying and senior bolaji knows that. There was a time that they were fighting themselves before ex-president called them and talked to them