Politics Confab finally adopts Religion C’tee report after 2-week stalemate



The National Conference on Wednesday finally adopted the report of its Committee on Religion after two weeks of stalemate on some of its recommendations, which were termed ``contentious”.

This followed the resolution of the contentious issues by a consultative group constituted by the leadership of the conference.

The recommendation by the committee that government at all levels should stop funding pilgrimage, and the establishment of Religious Equity Commission (RECOM) sharply divided delegates along religious lines since May 27.

NAN reports that Deputy Chairman of the conference, Prof. Bolaji Akinyemi, had put the two issues to voice vote but they were too close to call.

However, while the ``ayes” had simple majority, others drew attention to the Procedure Rule which stated that any decision not reached by consensus shall only be passed by a 70 per cent vote.

Consequently, the conference leadership put the issues in abeyance since then while the consultative group had been meeting regularly to break the impasse and arrive at a compromise.

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