22 January 2013

Nigeria: Festus Mogae Arrives for Trust Dialogue

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Lagos — Former President of Botswana, Mr. Festus Mogae, yesterday said there is hope for Nigeria in spite of the security challenges facing the country.

Mogae, who arrived in Lagos last night to chair the 10th edition of Daily Trust Annual Dialogue slated for tomorrow in Abuja, said there is still hope for Nigeria and her citizens.

"There is hope for Nigeria. There is no country that does not have its challenges. This is Nigeria's challenge and it will come out of it even stronger than before. This is just a phase," he said while speaking with our reporter.

Speaking on the Trust Dialogue, Mogae said: "I'm happy and excited to be here again. At the dialogue tomorrow, I will be expecting a robust dialogue; a good debate that can move the country forward."

Mogae, a recipient of Mo Ibrahim Prize for Exemplary African Leadership, arrived aboard a South African Airways flight at about 8pm and was received by the Media Trust's General Manager for Business and Strategy, Malam Aliu Akoshile.

This year's Trust Dialogue is with the theme 'Nation building: Challenges and Reality.'

At the event, Speaker of the House of Representatives Aminu Tambuwal will be the special guest of honour, while the speakers are Bishop Matthew Kukah, Ms Ann-Kio Briggs, Mr. Femi Falana and Dr Sule Bello.

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