One of the foremost stakeholders in the Nigerian State, the Alumni Association of the National Institute for Policy and Strategic Studies (AANI), who are deeply concerned over the country’s growing insecurity, violent extremism, and ethno-religious crisis, will be hosting a one day High-Level Conference to discuss Nigeria’s National Unity, with the theme, “Nigeria’s National Unity in the buildup to the 2023 General Elections”.
According to a statement signed by AANI National Publicity Secretary, Brig. Gen Sani Usman Kukasheka (rtd) on Wednesday, the Conference is scheduled to hold on Tuesday 20th September 2022, by 9.00 am, at the Shehu Musa Yar’adua Centre, Abuja.
General Kukasheka stated that, the Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, will declare the conference open, while a renowned elder statesman, former Chief of Defence Staff, and former Special Adviser to the United Nations Secretary-General on Peacekeeping, General Martin Luther Agwai (rtd), CFR, will be the Keynote Speaker.
He said, the Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, CFR mni, who is the Chairman of AANI Heritage Council, will be the Royal Father of the day and the Honourable Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Mallam Mohammed Musa Bello is the Chief Host.
“Other prominent Nigerians expected to attend include, the Executive Governor of Borno State, His Excellency, Professor Babagana Umara Zullum, FNSE mni, His Excellency Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, mni, Executive Governor of Jigawa State, other State Governors, members of the National Assembly, members of the Federal Executive Council, and eminent Nigerians from diverse backgrounds, as well as all members of AANI, among others”, he added.
Since its establishment in 1979, AANI has been a reservoir and Think-Tank on Public Policies in Nigeria.
This underscores the need to interrogate the circumstances that led to the present national challenges and proffer appropriate recommendations and implementation strategies.