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Bill Clinton to supervise Buhari, Atiku 2nd Peace Accord

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Godsgift Onyedinefu


The National Peace Committee, (NPC) has announced that it has invited Bill Clinton, 42nd President of the United States of America and Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth, to visit Nigeria from 12 to 13 February 2019 ahead of the Nigerian presidential elections.

Head of Secretariat, NPC, Atta Barkindo in a statement said the essence of the visit is to foster peaceful elections and non-violent transfer of power.

According to the statement, 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.

“President Clinton would also hold meetings 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 statement said.

The National Peace Committee expressed gratitude to the Kofi Annan Foundation for supporting this process, and, after 2015, again supporting free and fair elections in Nigeria.

The NPC also said it 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 recalled that it 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.

“This 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.” The statement said.


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