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    ABRUPT end has now become the trade mark of recent constitutional talks in Nigeria. In 1978, the Constituent Assembly set up by Olusegun Obasanjo, then a military head of state, and chaired by Sir Egbert Udo Udoma, an eminent Supreme Court justice, ended abruptly because of the inability of the delegates to agree on a constitutional provision for a Sharia Court of Appeal. Again, in 2005, the National Political Reform Conference set up by Obasanjo, then a civilian executive president, and headed by Adolphus Godwin Karibi-Whyte, an eminent Supreme Court justice, also ended abruptly after the South- South delegates staged a walkout because of the pigheadedness of some northern delegates to shift ground on their demand for an upward review of the derivation fund.
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