By James Anaana
The Yar’Adua Foundation, with support from the Ford Foundation, will hold a three-day retreat to Promote National Cohesion and Build Platforms to Counter Divisive Behaviour at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta. The event is scheduled for Thursday, June 21 – Saturday, June 23, 2018.
Chaired by H.E. Olusegun Obasanjo, GCFR, the retreat will serve as a platform for community youth groups and influencers to develop a comprehensive strategy to address sources of rising ethnic and religious tension in Nigeria.
A statement from Director General of the Foundation, Jacqueline W. Farris said ” Since the struggle for independence, Nigeria has experienced tensions and divisions between and among various ethnic identities. Efforts to manage and resolve conflicts have been deployed, but latent acrimonies and mutual suspicions remain evident due to a combination of socio-economic and political factors, compounded by perceived and existent injustice.”
The statement said the retreat will feature two sessions: Challenges of a Multi-Ethnic Society: Identifying Historical Impediments to National Unity and Current Manifestations of Divisive Behaviour: Countering Contemporary Threats to a United and Prosperous Nigeria.
The opening plenary will feature performance poetry by Dike Chukwumerije No Culture Is Older Than Being Human and Drawing Blood by Atilola Moronfolu.
The Yar’Adua Foundation’s mission is to promote national unity, good governance and social justice by creating platforms to engage citizens, policy makers and stakeholders in national conversations that foster an inclusive and prosperous Nigeria.