Sunday, 12 February 2017
Obasanjo To Meet With Acting President Yemi Osinbajo At The 2017 Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture
Former President Oulsegun Obasanjo will meet with Acting President Yemi Osinbajo at the 2017 Murtala Muhammed Memorial Lecture scheduled to hold in Abuja on Monday, February 13.
Osinbajo, Obasanjo to attend 2017 Murtala Muhammed Foundation lecture
Osinbajo is the special guest of honour while Obasanjo, who is the chairman of the board of trustees of the Murtala Muhammed Foundation (MMF), is expected to chair the event.
The keynote address of the event will be delivered by Governor Kashim Shettima, governor of Borno state, with the theme “Managing the Boko Haram Crisis in Borno state; Experiences and lessons for a multi-party, multi-ethnic and multi-religious Nigeria".
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by the chief executive officer of the MMF, Mrs Aisha Oyebode, she noted that the lecture “celebrates and sustains the good governance initiatives of our fallen hero whose inclination for humanitarian ideals we continue to uphold.”
According to Oyebode, this year’s lecture will focus on humanitarian crisis and response in a pluralistic society and the role of leadership in the face of a multi-ethnic population.
“Nigeria is contending with tensions arising from the activities of micro-nationalistic agitators, threatening to compound existing security challenges occasioned by the Boko Haram insurgency that has caused fatalities in excesses of 14,000 people and displaced over 1 million people.
More worrisome are the implications these issues have on an already fragile security environment in the region, characterized by unmitigated small arms proliferation, weak state and security institutions in the component countries and a large number of out of school children and unemployed youth with dire economic prospects who are vulnerable targets for radicalization,” she said.
The MMF is an organization founded on the ideals of Nigeria’s former military president, Late General Murtala Muhammed.
The foundation has overtime led efforts to develop innovative approaches to dealing with the challenges facing the country.
Last year, President Muhammadu Buhari attended the 40th memorial lecture of the MMF with the theme Buhari attended the 40th memorial lecture of the MMF with the theme "Regional Security and State Building, Portents and Prospects."
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