Former President Bill Clinton and Patricia Scotland, secretary to the Commonwealth are to present goodwill messages at the signing of national peace accord
Both Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America and Patricia Scotland, secretary general of the Commonwealth are to visit Nigeria from 12 to 13 February 12 to 13, to witness the signing of another peace accord by presidential candidates in the forthcoming general elections
Their presence is at the instance of the National Peace Committee, which mindful of the importance of peaceful elections and non-violent transfer of power, has engaged various stakeholders in preparation for the 2019 general elections.
Both President Clinton and Scotland will deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the “National Peace Accord”, which will hold at Abuja International Conference Centre on February 13. President Clinton would also hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President of Nigeria. “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 NPC has engaged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security services, 91 registered parties, the media and civil society organisations. Considering some of the challenges faced, the Committee organized the 1st signing of the National Peace Accord on 11th December, 2018 to support peaceful campaigns and political rallies.”
Following from this, the Committee, led by former Nigerian Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has organized the 2nd signing of the National Peace Accord which would be held on Wednesday, February 13, by Time: 10 am at the Abuja International Conference Centre
The signing is aimed towards committing stakeholders to accepting 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.
– Feb. 10, 2019 @ 5: 22 GMT |