The Goodluck Jonathan Foundation is set to bring together stakeholders from all over Africa, for a one-day conference, scheduled to take place in Abuja on February 7, 2019.
In a statement issued in Abuja, the Acting Director-General of the Foundation Mr. David Akuta explained that the programme is in line with GJF’s mission of striving to consolidate democracy and peaceful political transitions in Africa.
The conference which theme is ‘Peaceful Elections and National Development’ will be chaired by a former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd.) who also is the chairman of the National Peace Committee.
Mr. David Akuta said the participants would be discussing the measures that would bring about peaceful conduct of 2019 elections in Nigeria and other African countries.
Akuta stressed that the conference is necessary because many African countries are due for general and legislative elections in 2019, adding it would seek to proffer useful propositions in the effort to find solutions to the crisis that often characterize political transitions in Africa.
He said further, “Consistent with the mandate of the Foundation and building on the political philosophy of its Founder, His Excellency Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, participants are expected to bring forth ideas on how to ensure peaceful conduct of 2019 elections and resolution of disputes/conflicts that may threaten peace, security and stability of the nation, thus leading to peaceful transition outcomes.
“Participants are drawn from a cross-section of relevant stakeholders, which include former Heads of State and Government, crisis management experts, diplomatic corps, international development partners, political parties, traditional institutions, security agencies, civil society organisations, academia, Independent Electoral Commission, youth and women groups, trade unions and the media.”
The high profile personalities who will serve as the key speakers at the event includes Bishop Hassan Kukah, Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese and Convener National Peace Committee of Nigeria; Prof. Al-Hassan Conteh, Liberia Ambassador to Nigeria as well as Mr. Fidele Sarassoro, Chief of Staff to the President of Cote d’Ivoire.