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A number of eminent Nigerian patriots and life champions for a greater Nigeria have been penciled down for attendance at the second edition of ‘Handshake Across Nigeria 2’ summit in Enugu State this Friday.
The governors of the five South East states would be led by their chairman, Chief David Umahi of Ebonyi State to the programme.
According to a statement by the head media committee of the event, Collins Ugwu, the event put together by a leading Igbo Tink Tank, Uzuko Umunna, will be co-chaired by elder statesman and chairman, Elders Council of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and HRM James Ortese Iorzua Ayatse, Tor Tiv.
Other personalities expected at the event include leader of the Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Chief Edwin Clark, his Afenifere counterpart, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, President, Middle Belt Forum (MBF), Dr Pogu Bitrus and secretary general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Amb. Okey Emuchay.
Information released by the chairman, Nzuko Umunna Handshake Across Nigeria Planning Committee, Nze Ozichukwu Chukwu indicated that legal luminary, Chief Mike Ozekhome, will deliver the keynote address on the theme: “Building Bridges for a New Nigeria,” while the guest speakers are Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, spokesman of Northern Elders Forum, Dr Regina Amadi Njoku, Sen. Shehu Sani and Iba Gani Adams, the Aare Ona Kakanfo of the Yoruba nation.
It said the Sultan of Sokoto, HRM Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ adu Abubakar, HRH Amb Igwe Lawrence Agubuzu, chairman of the South East Council of Traditional Rulers, HRM Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, Ooni of Ife, HRM Igwe Nnaemeka Achebe, Obi of Onitsha are royal fathers of the day.
The organisers revealed that going by interests and confirmations the “Handshake Across Nigeria” project is receiving, it is clear that consensus for peace in Nigeria is above board from all patriots who believe that our wishes for true greatness must become a real-time testimony of our current generation.
The organisers had earlier explained that the “Handshake Across Nigeria” project is dedicated to expanding friendships and cementing bonds between Ndigbo and other nationalities of Nigeria, adding that it will again raise the decibel of our strength in diversities, as our great heritage for our desired unity and development.