NPM seeks dialogue on peace, unity, nation building
National Prosperity Movement (NPM), a sociopolitical group, has said its coming National Unity Summit in Abuja is designed to provide a platform for Nigerians to have meaningful conversation on peace, unity, equity and nation building.
The group also noted in a statement issued, yesterday, by Julius Ogunro, Director, Research & Strategy, that the summit will provide new perspectives on issues of inclusion and economic prosperity for Nigerians and stimulate the process of national healing, understanding and progress.
“We believe we can have a productive dialogue about these emotive issues in a rational manner, devoid of the counter-accusations that have lately characterised national conversations, and yet arrive at the need for unity and belief in the future prospect of our country,” said Ahmad Sajoh, Director General of the NPM.
“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.”
Dignitaries expected include respected elder statesman and retired General I.B.M. Haruna, who is Chair of the event; Chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ekiti State, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; Chairman of Southern Governors’ Forum and Governor of Ondo State, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu; Chairman of Northern Governors’ Forum, Simon Lalong; Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia State and Governor Sani Bello of Niger State.
Others include the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar; Prof. Attahiru Jega, former Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, who is to deliver the keynote address; and Prof. Doyin Salami, Chairman of the Presidential Economic Council.