Senate initiates dialogue on greater Nigeria

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Deputy Senate President of Nigeria, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has initiated a national dialogue where notable academics and technocrats would be sharing their views on the broad themes of Patriotism, and cultivating ideas that can facilitate the building of a greater Nigeria.

The inaugural dialogue which is slated to hold on Wednesday this week, will feature lead discussants such as Professor Pat Utomi; Founder of the centre for values in leadership, Professor Sam Egwu of the department of Political Science, University of Jos, and His Royal Highness Muhammadu Sanusi II; the Emir of Kano and former Nigeria’s Central Bank Governor.

Briefing Journalists in Abuja on the proposed dialogue, chairman of the Organising Committee, Professor Elochukwu Amucheazi,  disclosed that the dialogue will hold alongside the public presentation of a book entitled; “Who will Love my Country: Ideas for Building the Nigeria of Our dreams.”

Authored by Senator Ike Ekweremadu, the book according to the organizing committee was the Deputy Senate President’s modest attempt at dissecting the problems facing Nigeria, with a view to sharing his own ideas on the way forward.

President Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of state Yakubu Gowon, Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, are among eminent Nigerians, billed to grace the event.

The organizing committee further emphasized that the book was also meant to challenge leaders and all Nigerians to find creative solutions to the myriad of challenges confronting the country.

According to Professor Amucheazi, “the ideas he (Ekweremadu) expressed in the book are generally to beseech Nigerians to engage in good faith discourse on how to make the Nigeria project work for all of us. 

“It is hoped that this intellectual discourse will provoke ideas that will boost governance at all levels for the benefit of all Nigerians. We solicit your support to make the occasion a success.”

On why the book presentation was coming now, Professor Amucheazi said, “The book presentation was initially scheduled to take place immediately after the 2015 general elections. The author however had to revisit the book due to the non-assent to the 4th Alteration Constitution (Amendment) Bill. The presentation is now scheduled to hold on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at the International Conference Centre at 1.00pm prompt.”

Confidence O.