The Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, has said the proposed national conference has no political undertone for him as being speculated in some quarters.
The President stated this at a meeting with the members of the Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria at the State House, Abuja.
He explained that his administration is committed to ensuring that a national conference is free of interference adding that there is no political gain in the process.
President Jonathan stressed that the proposed national dialogue was for the benefit of the nation’s future.
“The idea behind the proposed dialogue is to create a country that the future can be proud of.
“People should not just be quarrelling on radio or on the pages of the newspaper talking and talking we are not going anywhere. It is not for those of us who are already spent. At our age, We are almost gone. Whatever positions we are holding are very transient.
“If nations have developed people plan for their nation. Let us collectively put our energy together and plan for our children and our grandchildren. We must plan for the future of our country. We are old and we are almost We must plan for our children and that is the essence of the national dialogue. Let us ensure that we leave something behind for them” President Jonathan said.
Some critics said that the timing for the conference was wrong, as it would interfere with political parties’ campaigns in 2014, ahead of 2015 general election.