Abuja, May 22, 2014 (NAN) Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, Deputy Chairman, National Conference has advised delegates to the conference to conduct themselves properly, given their status in the society.
He gave the advice on Thursday following intermittent use of contentious words by some delegates over some issues at the plenary.
Akinyemi reminded the delegates of the importance of the conference adding that most Nigerians were watching the proceedings emanating from such a national assignment.
The deputy chairman who commended Justice Idris Kutigi (rtd), Chairman of the conference for his “forbearance and wisdom in handling issues at plenary”, Akinyemi also urged delegates to remain civil in their utterances.
“Civility is not an act of weakness and crudity is not a sign of strength; let us keep that in mind.
“You have rules of procedure, if you refuse to be governed by what you approved, then what do you want to be governed by,” he said.
Reacting, Chief Mike Ozekhome, a Federal Government delegate, said that delegates had behaved themselves well, given the magnitude of the conference.
He said delegates ought to be commended and not reprimanded following the manner in which they had conducted themselves irrespective of disagreement over certain issues.
“I commend the leadership of the conference but I want to disagree with those who are giving the impression that we are unruly here.
“I have watched parliaments across the world including Nigerian parliament, where people have disagreed with passion.
“We have not conducted ourselves badly at all. I think we need to be commended for behaving well in spite of the feelings over some issues,” he said. (NAN)