The National Peace Committee, has invited Bill Clinton, former President, United States of America and Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary General of the Commonwealth to address stakeholders at the signing ceremony of the “National Peace Accord”, which will hold at Abuja International Conference Centre on 13 February.
The invitation, according to the organisers, is 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 Baroness Scotland will deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the “National Peace Accord”. 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,” the statement said.
“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 says 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 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 13th February, 2019.
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.