Buhari, Mahama, Quatara To Attend Political Summit,
IN a bid to strengthen democracy in Africa, President Muhammadu Buhari is billed to attend a maiden edition of the national political summit to be held in Abuja from the 24th to 26th of January 2016.
Also to attend the event to be declared open by Buhari are President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana and President Alassane Quatarra of Ivory Coast, who is billed to be special guest of honour at the occasion.
No fewer than 3000 participants comprising former Nigerian leaders, prominent political stakeholders, leaders of political parties, legislators and leaders at national, state, local councils and members of the diplomatic mission and international organisations would attend the event organised by the save democracy group.
Chairman of the summit’s planning committee, former speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba, who made this known when he paid a courtesy visit to the national legislative institute (NILS) disclosed that issues for deliberations revolve around the need to strengthen democratic institutions in the African continent.
He further listed the promotion of internal democracy, developing positive political culture, developing distinctive political ideology, post-election confidence building among the political class as some of the issues that would be considered by participants during the summit which would hold at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Accompanied by the former Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu and officials of the group, Na’Abba urged the Dr. Ladi Hamalai led NILS to partner with the group to strengthen democratic rule in both the country and Africa as a whole.
Hamalai expressed gratitude to the organisers of the event, saying that the summit would surely impact positively on participants not only from Nigeria but countries in Africa still lagging behind in imbibing democratic culture.
Hamalai who presented compendium of laws and constitutional amendment made since 1900 to date to the organisers remarked that the peaceable and transparent manner the 2015 poll was conducted has earned Nigeria tremendous respect among comity of nations.