The Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar III, Kayode Fayemi, Governor of Ekiti State and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum; and Professor Attahiru Jega, a former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), have been confirmed to participate in the National Unity Summit, set to hold in Abuja.
The summit, organised by the National Prosperity Movement (NPM), will hold at the NAF Conference Centre, Abuja, on 1 December.
According to a statement issued by Julius Ogunro, Director of Research and Strategy, NPM, the summit will provide a platform for illustrious Nigerians from all walks of life and representing diverse interests and groups to have a meaningful conversation on the themes of peace, unity, equity and nation-building.
It will also provide new perspectives to the issues of equity, inclusion and economic prosperity for Nigerians and in the end, stimulate the process of national healing, understanding and progress.
‘’We believe that we can have a productive dialogue about these emotive issues in a rational manner, devoid of the counter-accusations that have lately characterized national conversations, and yet arrive at the need for unity and belief in the future prospect of our country,’’ said Hon Ahmad Sajoh, the Director-General of the NPM.
Sajoh added: “This summit is expedient at this time when there is increasing irredentism and hate-crimes across the country, which appear to be fanned by rising intolerance, nepotism, and mutual suspicion across the nation’s social and political space
‘’We cannot have too much of dialogue when peace and national interests are at stake. We can begin the process of healing and national reconciliation by understanding our fears and concerns, and then work towards addressing these issues in a calm and rational manner.”
Jega will deliver the keynote address, while General I.B.M. Haruna (retd.) is the Chairman of the event.
Other dignitaries expected at the event include Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, Governor of Ondo State and Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum; Simon Lalong, Governor of Plateau State and Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum; and governors Okezie Ikpeazu and Sani Bello of Abia and Niger states respectively; and Professor Doyin Salami, Chairman of the Presidential Economic Council.