President Goodluck Jonathan has approved the replacement of Col. Tony Nyiam (retd.) with Chief Solomon Asemota (SAN) as a member of the Presidential Advisory Committee on the proposed national dialogue.
The President’s action may have been informed by the controversy generated by the face-off between Nyiam and the Governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole.
Nyiam, prior to his replacement, was nominated to serve as a member of the advisory committee on the proposed national dialogue.
A statement issued on Tuesday by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Chief Pius Anyim, in Abuja, announcing the replacement, also added that Asemota, a prominent Chief from Edo State, would resume in the committee on Wednesday.
It reads, “His Excellency, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, has approved the replacement of Col. Tony Nyiam (Rtd) with Chief Solomon Asemota, SAN as Member of the Advisory Committee on National Dialogue. Chief Asemota is to resume with the Committee with effect from 6th November, 2013”.
The retired Colonel was said to have launched a verbal attack on Oshiomhole
during a meeting of the dialogue panel in Benin to collate the views of the people of the South-south geo-political zone on the modalities for the conference.
Many civil rights organizations have condemned Nyiam’s action and called for his sacking from the committee and prosecution.