Minister of Interior, Comrade Abba Moro said the proposed national conference by President Goodluck Jonathan will help strengthen the country’s unity.
Moro gave this indication yesterday while playing host to delegations from the United Nations (UN) Independent Experts on Minority Issues.
He said the country had suffered pockets of ethnic clashes which the proposed national conference would discuss with a view to putting an end to the conflicts.
“The struggles of the minority tribes in the country started very long time along; and it was in the process to reduce it that twelve states were created after the civil war. We also have three major tribes in the country; Hausa Yoruba and Igbo. Aside these dominant tribes, we have over 300 ethnic groups in the country which are also struggling to be recognised.
“I am confident that the proposed conference will identify our problems and will help us live together as one people regardless of our religious differences”, the minister said.
Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Rita Izsall, said they were in the country to discuss with various organisations on the causes of internal conflicts among various minority tribes in the country and how to address it.