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Elder statesmen justify participation

Some elder statesmen participating at the National Conference said their inclusion was based on their past experience, which was needed to create a better future for the country.

The elder statesmen told the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Abuja that most of the problems bedeviling the nation were mistakes made by them in the past.

Chief Richard Akinjide, a former Attorney-General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, said, “Nigerian elders have a lot to offer toward achieving a developed and unified country.”

“Nigerians should not look at the age of the delegates but the experience they will be bringing to bear. It is not question of age that matters.

“I don’t mind if the youths are more than the older ones or vice versa but don’t lay too much emphasis on age. Lay emphasis on idea and quality of production.

Also speaking, Senator Femi Okunrounmu, an Alliance for Democracy  Senator between 1999 and 2003, said that to talk about the future of the country, “the past also needs to be looked into.”

He said, “When you want to talk about the future of Nigeria, you need people that have experience of the past.

“You can only compare the past with the present to be able to know where we should go in the future.”

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