Written by Emmanuel Ogbeche

Peace Accord: Bill Clinton, Scotland to grace event

A former president of the United States, Mr. Bill Clinton, as well as the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, are to witness and deliver addresses at the National Peace Accord event in Abuja.

The signing ceremony of the peace accord is scheduled for Wednesday, February 13, barely three days to the general elections.    

A statement by the National Peace Committee, said it was mindful of the importance of peaceful elections and non-violent transfer of power, therefore, has engaged various stakeholders in preparation for the 2019 polls.

The statement signed by Fr. Atta Barkindo, Head of Secretariat, National Peace Committee, said the signing was aimed at “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.”

Barkindo further stated that Clinton and Baroness Scotland would also meet with President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, candidates of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, respectively.

According to him, “as we move into Nigeria’s national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously,” stressing that both Clinton and Scotland enjoy enormous respect in Nigeria and beyond and hope that their counsels and advice would help Nigeria navigate through what will hopefully be a peaceful and fair electoral cycle.

 

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