Jonathan to adjust conference membership on Muslims’ request

The membership of the national conference will undergo an adjustment, Vice President Namadi Sambo said yesterday. This is sequel to the complaint by an Islamic delegation to President Goodluck Jonathan, led by the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar. The delegation complained that the Muslims are underrepresented at the 492-member conference. “On the imbalance of the national conference between Muslims and Christians, I want to confirm that Mr. President has directed that positive action be taken on the matter,” Sambo said yesterday in Kaduna at the 50th anniversary lecture of the Jama’atu Nasril Islam (JNI). The body is led by the Sultan. Sambo said the government was taking steps to address the persistent clashes between Fulani herdsmen and farmers in parts of the country in response to the concern expressed by the Sultan on the activities of the insurgents which has been spreading fast in the north. The Vice President, who assured of government’s readiness to ensure justice and fairness to all Nigerians irrespective of religion or ethnicity, added that the President had accepted to appoint a Special Adviser on Islamic Affairs.


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