President Muhammadu Buhari will chair the 12th edition of the Bola Tinubu Colloquium, organisers of the yearly-event said on Wednesday.

The event, themed: “Our common bond, our common wealth: The imperative of national cohesion for growth and prosperity”, will hold online on March 29.

Ford Foundation professor of International Political Economy at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, Prof Dani Rodrik, will deliver the keynote address titled: “Where can growth go?: The social conflict push.”

“The Bola Tinubu Colloquium is a unique event for sharing knowledge, experiences, and information around socio-economic issues and addressing the common governance challenges confronting Nigeria,” the organisers said in a statement.

The statement reads: “For the last 12 years, the Colloquium has played a crucial role in strengthening rational decision-making within Nigeria’s political and social spheres.

“The Colloquium is convened every year with a theme relevant to Nigeria’s issues at the time and focused on her socio-economic pulse.”

It said this year’s edition of the colloquium, organised to mark the 69th anniversary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stalwart, will focus on peace and national cohesion as a tool for growth and prosperity.

The theme will interrogate this issue in the light of contemporary incidents and commentaries in the public space with ethnic and religious dimensions.

The statement added: “Our objective is to explore the implications of violent conflicts and innovative strategies for sustaining peace in a heterogeneous society with multi-ethnic groups, such as Nigeria.

“It will bring together policymakers, mediators, thought-leaders, security experts, innovators, entrepreneurs, academics, members of civil society organisations, people affected by conflicts, and all the stakeholders who play critical roles in nation-building.”

The organisers invited the public to attend by registering online at http://bit.ly/BolaTinubuColloquium.

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