Disturbed by the heightened agitations for self-determination in recent times, The Savannah Centre is of the opinion that the recent wranglings in the polity are driven more by frustration at the perceived lack of effectiveness of governments than by a serious desire by any part of the country to secede. The Center therefore, feels the compelling need for a quick action to provide a platform to enable all stakeholders to objectively and frankly discuss those issues that bother them as well as marshal out workable strategic policy options in the right approach towards ensuring a sustainable unity considering the essential fiscal principles that fits a federation. Since one major source of disaffection has been the issue of ‘restructuring’, a concept that means different things to different people and equally provokes different reactions by different people in Nigeria, SCDDD believes that there is a need for a platform for a frank talk in a way of Dialogue that would permit all segment of our country to precisely provide meaningful way forward.
As a Non-Governmental and Non-Profit Think-Tank committed to the promotion of peace, democracy and development in the Nigeria and Africa, the Savannah Centre holds and wishes to promote the spirit of nationalism as a tool to reposition Nigeria as a cohesive country.
Against this backdrop and convinced that an urgent open and frank discussions by all relevant stakeholders are necessary in the overall interest of national cohesion and unity, SCDDD is making its modest contribution through this dialogue session with a strong view that the Dialogue would, hopefully, find lasting solutions to the recurrent agitations for self-determination that have often put undue stress and strains on our national unity.
To this effect, and with the support from the Ford Foundation, SCDDD is organizing a two-day Policy Monitoring Dialogue on the above topical issues on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th July, 2017 to be held at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja where critical stakeholders carefully selected from the six Geo-political Zones are invited to discuss the salient issues that are critical to our national unity.
• Expected Outcome of the Dialogue
Broadly speaking, SCDDD hopes that the forum would not only help to calm present frayed nerves, but would provide the platform for agreeing on well-articulated actionable recommended strategies and mechanisms required by Governments for improving national cohesion, integration and unity for the overall development of Nigeria.
• Purpose of the Press Briefing
As national media organizations with equal stake in the Nigeria project, the Center counts on the representatives of the News and Social Media to disseminate the purpose for convening the Policy Monitoring Dialogue on National Unity, Integration and Devolution of Power and or Restructuring as the major issues that would either make or break Nigeria as a nation. More fundamentally, the media is a key stakeholder for our nation building efforts and therefore, must exercise caution and demonstrate acts of patriotism through reportage that helps build our nation and not indulge in sensationalism and be a medium of spreading hate speeches and other conducts that puts strains on our fragile unity.
• Expected Guests Speakers and Panelists
While the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN; GCON; is expected to be the Guest of Honour and Keynote Speaker, other invited stakeholders from the six Geo-political Zones, include former Head of State Gen. Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Third Secretary-General of the Commonwealth of Nations; Chief Emeka Anyaoku; former Secretary to Government of the Federation, Chief Olu Falae; Former Chief of Defence Staff, General Alani Akinrinade (Rtd); Retired IGP, Alhaji Ibrahim Coomasie; Chief John Nwodo, President general, Ohanaeze Ndigbo; Ms. Ann Kio Briggs, Founder and Executive Director, Agape Birthrights; Chief Atedo Peterside, Founder, IBTC Bank, Nig. Plc; Professor Charles Soludo, Former Governor, Central Bank of Nigeria; Mr. Femi Falana, SAN; Falana and Falana Chambers; Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, former Minister of Education and Co-Founder of Bring Back Our Girls: Ambassadors Emmanuel E. Imohe, former Director-General, National Intelligence Agency; Ambassador S.T. Dogonyaro, Executive Director, African Policy Institute as well as the representatives of IPOB, MASSOB and all zonal Youth leaders and other Elders.
(Amb. Abdullahi A. Omaki fsma,nooc)
4TH July, 2017
Savannah Centre for Diplomacy, Democracy & Development (SCDDD),
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