President Muhammadu Buhari, a former Vice President Abubakar Atiku and Senate President Bukola Saraki are among dignitaries billed to participate at a special pan-Nigerian conference designed to move the national conversation on political restructuring forward in the run-up to the 2019 elections.
Other notable Nigerians to attend the event are Nobel laureate Wole Soyinka and President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Chief Nnia Nwodo.
A key purpose of the summit is to extract a formal pledge of commitment to restructuring, a priority of the southern and middle belt zones, from the major parties and presidential candidates.
The conference is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 19, 2018 at the Shell Hall, MUSON Centre, Lagos.
The theme of the event which is organized by top Igbo think tank, Nzuko Umunna, in association with The Core Federalists is “Nigeria Beyond Oil”.
According to Mr. Ngozi Odumuko, Coordinator of Nzuko Umunna, “Handshake Across Nigeria” is an expansion of the January 11th 2018 Handshake Across the Niger summit organized to end the suspicion and unhealthy rivalry between the Igbo and Yoruba.
Soyinka will deliver the keynote address while President Buhari, Atiku and Nwodo will speak on various aspects of the theme.