By Haroon Balogun
Governors of Niger, Kogi, Kaduna, Katsina and Nasarawa states will join other stakeholders to discuss peace at the 10th Ramadan lecture of Muslim Media Practitioners of Nigeria (MMPN) in Abuja. In a statement by the Chairman of MMPN, Abuja chapter, Alhaji Abdur-Rahman Balogun stated that the lecture would hold at the conference hall of the National Mosque, Abuja on Sunday June 19, from 10 a.m.
Other stakeholders who will discuss the theme “Peace as a Catalyst for Development, the Media Challenge” are Alhaji Muhammad Bello, Minister of FCT as the Chief host and Alhaji Lai Muhammed, Minister of Information and Culture as special guest of honour.
The guest speakers are Prof. Ishaq Akintola, Director, Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC), Hajia Aisha Umar-Yusuf, Editor, Muslim worldview and Mr. Cemal Yegit of Ufuk Foundation, Turkey. Alhaji Awwal Ibrahim, Emir of Suleja is the chairman of the occasion while Prof Is-haq Oloyede, NSCIA Secretary-General, will deliver a keynote address.
Other guests expected are Rep. Sulaiman Lasun, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives and other lawmakers, Hon. Kafayat Dabiri-Erewa, SSA Foreign Affairs and Diaspora and Barr. Bayo Shittu, Minister of Communications.
All heads of government media as well as selected private establishments and National President of NUJ, Alhaji Waheed Odusile are equally expected at the one-day lecture. Balogun said the topic was carefully selected to proffer solutions to the challenges facing the country.