Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari (Left) & PDP Presidential Aspirant, Atiku AbubakarThe National Peace Committee on Sunday in a statement said it has invited the former US President Bill Clinton and Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland to witness Peace Accord signing between President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar.
Both Clinton and Baroness are expected to be in Nigeria from February 12 to 13, 2019 ahead of the Nigerian presidential election.
The Head of Secretariat, National Peace Committee, Father Atta Barkindo, disclosed both President Clinton and Baroness Scotland will deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the “National Peace Accord”, which will hold at Abuja International Conference Centre on 13 February.
Concise News gathered that the NPC had engaged various stakeholders in preparation for the 2019 general election.
Meanwhile, President Clinton is said to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar.
“As we move into Nigeria’s national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously. Both Guests of Honour enjoy enormous respect in Nigeria and beyond and we look forward to his counsel and advice to help Nigeria navigate through what will hopefully be a peaceful and fair electoral cycle.
“The National Peace Committee is grateful to the Kofi Annan Foundation for supporting this process, and, after 2015, again supporting free and fair elections in Nigeria,” the statement said.
The NPC has engaged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security services, 91 registered parties, the media and civil society organisations. Also considering some of the challenges faced, the Committee organised the 1st signing of the National Peace Accord on December 11, 2018, to support peaceful campaigns and political rallies.
Following from this, the Committee, led by former Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has organised the 2nd signing of the National Peace Accord which would be held on February 13 (tomorrow), at the Abuja International Conference
“This signing is aimed towards committing stakeholders to accept the outcome of the vote, as long as it is announced by INEC, the body empowered by law and is adjudged to be free, fair and credible,” the statement added.