I welcome you to this great occasion of unveiling the 2017 Annual National Political Summit and I thank you for finding time to be part of it. As already stated the 2017 Annual National Political Summit is scheduled to take place between 22nd and 25th January, 2017.
The Summit is in continuation of our resolve to strengthen and stabilize our democracy and ingrain the political culture in our society. We believe that this can only be achieved by regular dialogue and engagement of the political, business, academic, religious and other leaders of society to shape our national democratic agenda.
The 2017 Annual National Political Summit will look at our democracy in the contest of our constitutional development process and leadership recruitment and evolution pattern. So far our leadership recruitment process seems flawed and defective while our constitution according to experts and some stakeholders still need retouching to guarantee political and socioeconomic development. In light of these gaps, the Main Organizing Committee after due consideration of our current realitieshas therefore decided that in 2017, the Summit theme shall be:
Theme: Nigerian Democracy, Constitutionalism and Leadership Recruitment paradigm.
Unlike the outgoing year, the 2017 edition shall be interactive and will allow participants opportunities to contribute their ideas on their preferred options for constitutional development and leadership reengineering taking cognizance of the current leadership recruitment pattern, political development paradigm and the future of Nigerian democracy.

The Summit shall be organized in Plenary and Sideline events. In addition to the Opening ceremony/First Plenary, there shall be two-part General Sessions.

a. Part 1 – consist of expert presentations and discussions by invited lead
discussants on the selected thematic issues for the session
b. Part 2 shall be the Peoples Assembly where informed accredited participants
and leaderships of organized groups are given opportunity to present
their views in orderly and organized manner
Participants and delegates who wish to speak during this session must indicate their intention during the registration process and shall go further to give a page type written summary of their contributions online to the Technical Committee through the email address to be provided on the registration form or manually provided it is submitted to the secretariat of the summit.

Some sideline events are packaged for the Summit. These include:

a. The City Mayors Roundtable facilitated by the World Conference of Mayors, on the Sustainable Cities Cooperation for Revenue Generation and Development. It is put together to increase capital flow into our cities through innovative revenue generation system, intercity and local Government cooperation, peer review, project syndication and prioritization. It is one of the programmes aimed at fast-tracking the nations exist from the current economic recession. It is expected that a restricted number of 150 Local Government Chairmen of Local Governments especially urban Local Governments (City Mayors) admitted on first come first served shall form part of the event.

b. National Youth Empowerment Assembly: This shall admit about 200 Youths across the country and shall talk on Political Leadership recruitment and statecraft for Nigeria Youths. It will put emphasis on e-governance, system organization, ICT and campaign fund sourcing.

c. The Women Leadership Recruitment Roundtable: This session will admit about 480 women from across Nigeria and will discuss options for ensuring that women exploits their numerical and other advantages to fully engaged actively in all levels of leadership in Nigeria. Immediate past President of Central African Republic, Her Excellency Catherine Samba-Panza is expected to anchor this session in collaboration with major organized women leaders in Nigeria.

d. Icon of Democracy Award: Few Nigerians who have distinguished themselves in promoting democratic tenets and rule of law shall be decorated with the prestigious Icon of Democracy Award. This is our own special way for encouraging Nigerians to go some extra distance in protecting our cherished democracy.

Prominent Resource persons have been invited to the Summit as Resource persons. Some very known names include Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Professor YemiOsinbajo GCON, SAN, Senate President, SenDrBukolaSaraki CON, Former President of Tanzania, His Excellency, Dr. JakayaMrishoKikwete, Former President of Central African Republic, Her Excellency, Catherine Samba Panza, Former President and Prime Minister of Cape Verde, Pedro Peres, Legal Luminary Chief Solomon Ashimota SAN, US Senator Bill Owens Jr, Former President of World Conference of Mayors Mr Gary Loster, Former Chief of Staff to the Prime Minister of Canada, Jodi White,Director of Governance Programs, National Democratic Institute (NDI), Scott Hubli etc.

The Summit is expected to be declared open by the President, Commander-in-Chief, President MuhammaduBuhari GCFR. The Senate President, Senator DrBukolaSaraki shall deliver the prime Summit Speech while the Speaker of the House of Representatives shall be the Special Guest of Honour. Former President JakayaMrishoKikwete of Tanzania and Her Excellency former President Catherine Samba Panza of Central African Republic shall be the Guest Speakers. The Summit Chairman is expected to be Vice President of Nigeria, Professor YemiOsinbajo SAN GCON while the Governors of Bauchiand Katsina States are expected to present the opening speeches.
About two thousand five hundred (2,500) participants are expected to attend the Summit. The Participants are to be drawn from:
a. Government Leaders
b. Legislators
c. Political Stakeholders from across all political parties
d. Public Servants,
e. Academics,
f. Business Leaders
g. Senior Citizens and Statesmen/women
h. Members of the Diplomatic Missions and development partners
i. International Participants
j. Youths and Women Representatives.
k. Civil Society/Faith based Organizations and head of Non-Governmental Organizations.
Registration for this Summit starts immediately after this unveiling ceremony and ends on 21st January, 2016. All delegates who are interested to attend the Summit are expected to register within this period. Intended participant who fail to register within this period will not be accredited or allowed to participate at the Summit
Registration shall be manual and online. Participants are togo to the Summit Website, to fill and summit the registration form accordingly. Those who could not register online shall be captured manually by collecting, filling and submitting the registration forms from the registration desk outside or the Summit Office.
Accreditation of registered participants shall take place from 21st to 22ndh January, 2016 at the venue and time to be communicated to all registered participants.
Only accredited participants shall attend any of the sessions of the Summit.
About 100 media slots are reserved for media leaders and journalists from online,Print and electronic media. Media representatives shall have access to all sessions in the official program, some of which are also webcast. However, not all the journalists shall be given access to some sideline meetings except the white badge holders.
The Summit shall be televised live on National Televisions.
All plenary debates of the Summit shall be available on YouTube with photographs at Flickr and key quotes on Twitter and facebook.
Invited journalists are to be accredited between 21st and 22nd January, 2017.
Summit Partner Hotels are available and accommodation to these hotels is at a very highly subsidized cost. All participants are encouraged to take advantage of this as shuttle buses shall be provided from these hotels.

The Main Organizing Committee invites corporate leaders, Local and international organizations, individuals, governments and other political and civil organizations to join effort in promoting the growth of democratic governance in Nigeria through support and sponsorship of this Summit. We still have provisions for Official Airlines, Partner Hotels, Official Telecommunication Company of the Summit etc. We therefore invite corporate leaders to avail themselves of the business opportunities to advertise their products during the Summit. You may wish to contact the Summit Secretariat or the relevant Sub-committee of the Summit for all sponsorship arrangements.
Your Excellences, May I assure you that the Main Organizing Committee is doing everything within its powers to deliver an expertly packaged and well-organized National Political Summit. All we need is maximum cooperation from the political class, the government and other stakeholders. We equally invite you to contribute ideas and resources that will further enrich the programme.
I thank all of you for responding positively to our invitation.

Alhaji IsaOzi Salami OFR.
Chairman, Main Organizing Committee (MOC).


I welcome you to this ceremony organized to formally unveil the 2017 Annual National Political Summit which is expected to hold between the 22nd and 25th January, 2017 in Abuja. The Annual National Political Summit, a flagship event of the Save Democracy Group Africa is gradually transforming to an important platform of all politicians, government, business and other stakeholders who are desirous of stabilizing our democracy and ensuring that culture of democracy is entrenched in our body politic. And I am happy that a lot of Nigerians are fully embracing democratic system as the preferred and better option for human development in this part of the world.

The journey to strengthening our democracy is not an easy one. The contending tendencies are many and therefore we must all try to continue the fight. Recent happenings in our political development especially the governorship elections in Edo and Ondo and the legislative elections in Rivers State have shown that it is not yet uhuru for our democracy. People still contest elections as if it is a war that must be won or perish. This is not the spirit of democratic practice and does not give good legacy that must be imbibed by other countries and by our children.

No doubt, Nigeria has made great successes in growing our democracy and consolidating on the gains of this successes will help us curb the many ills of our politics which include the lack of internal democracy, absence of ideological framework, lack of party discipline and inability of participants to develop positive political culture,
Because we have not got it all right, there is at all time the continuous call for political dialogue at any turn of event in Nigeria and it therefore behooves on us as a nation to continuously dialogue and to build on our past experiences to create a better nation. The political engineering of our nation should therefore be continuous and all democrats should be on board.
What we have done these past years is to provide that platform for all to dialogue in a very relaxed format and environment irrespective of our political affiliations. This helps to heal wounds of partisanship and generate nationalist spirit that may aid growth and development.
Our nation was built on dialogue between our founding fathers. We have fought a bitter war to remain one nation and have overcome many challenges as a nation. We must therefore live the dreams of our founding fathers, to leverage on our diversity, our population and our rich human and natural resource base, to build a strong and virile nation, and to become an African and world superpower. A nation founded on peace, justice and equity and where our children would achieve to the best of their ability without hindrance irrespective of their ethnicity or creed. This may not be achievable if we dwell too long on those things that divide us instead of those that unite us. We should be patriotic enough as political class to put a dividing line between period of politics and period of governance. All must join hands to build Nigeria once election is over.
This is what we promote and this is what we preach. Our first political summit was a very big success and am sure the 2017 will be better organized and more successful. Bringing this class of Nigerians to apoint for a number of days is not easy, but with determination and dedication of our members we are achieving great results. I thank the Main Organizing Committee (MOC) for the next year’s Summit for the wonderful work they are doing in packaging the Summit. I thank those of you who are here for the event. Unveiling is a media event, so I plead with my friends and brothers in the media to help promote this Summit. We may not meet your entire requirements especially under this recession but with the cordial relationship already existing between us, I am convinced you will help us.
We are equally calling on other organizations that have interest in promoting the tenets of democracy to join hands with us to properly institutionalize this programme. The two arms of the National Assembly – Senate and Federal House of Representatives have been wonderful in their support to us and I cannot appreciate them enough. We are indeed pleased with other partnering organizations and I pray God to reward all who are supporting our democratic process.
On Behalf of the Governing Council and indeed the entire members of the Save Democracy Group Africa, I thank you for coming and we wish you compliments of the season.

Rt Hon GhaliNa’Abba CFR
Ag.Chairman, Governing Council SDG-Africa.

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