Some prominent political leaders are billed to discuss the sustainability of Nigeria as a nation in Abuja to whether the continued unity of the nation is still a realistic proposition or a myth following agitation by sections of the country break away from the current Nigerian nation.
Those slated to discuss this at a one-day conference in Abuja the nations’ capital are Kano state governor, Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the former governor of Imo state, Senator Rochas Okorocha, incumbent Minister of Works and Housing, Mr. Raji Fashola (SAN), Senator Peter Nwaboshi, Minister of State Federal Capital Territory, Hajia (Dr.) Ramatu Tijjani -Aliyu and Senator Opeyemi Bamidele.
The event is slated for Thursday August 5, 2021 at Ladi Kwali conference center, Sheraton Hotel Abuja, is a brain- child of the APC Press Corps.
The public lecture series is aimed at contributing to the intellectual development of the nation’s democracy.
The topic for the one-day event is “Sustaining a United and Indivisible Nigeria: A myth or Reality.”
In a statement signed by the Chairman organising committee of the Corps, Mr. Babatunde Ayeni, on Sunday in Abuja, he said the APC Chairman, Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, Hon. Mai Mala Buni will be Chairman of the occasion.
Other prominent Nigerians expected to speak at the event include; Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, Minister Trade and Investment, former governor Niyi Adebayo, Minister of State for Petroleum, Chief Timiprye Sylva, Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Hon. James Faleke, Director General of the Voice of Nigeria (VON) Mr. Osita Okechukwu, Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) Salihu Moh Lukman, among others.
The statement said: “The public lecture series is aimed at providing a workable template of options for effective good governance and serve as a medium for the deepening of democratic norms and institutions by engaging key players in politics, public administration, academia and economy.
Report and suggestions on the lecture will be made available to the party and interested members of the public.”
On the choice of Governor Ganduje as the keynote speaker, the statement said the Governor’s impeccable political antecedent and being an active participant in the on-going Nigerian project was considered.
“In discussing Nigeria’s diversity, we believe that Governor Ganduje has a lot of experience to share with Nigerians. Being a product of the premier University of Ibadan though born in Kano. It’s also a fact that Governor Ganduje’s daughter married a Yoruba man. In addition, Dr. Ganduje’s networks of closed friends and associates are mostly from the South-east and South-south.” The statement said.