President Muhammadu Buhari has said that the signing of the Peace Accord with former President Goodluck Jonathan and other presidential candidates “contributed significantly to the peaceful outcome of the 2015 election.”
Buhari stated this on Thursday while receiving the National Peace Committee (NPC), led by former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, at State House,
President Buhari urged all the signatories to the 2023 election Peace Accord, and their supporters, to abide by its content and spirit.
He said the aim of the First National Peace Accord which was signed at a separate on Thursday by presidential candidates in the 2023 election, was to commit political parties, aspirants and their supporters to conduct their campaigns in a peaceful manner, devoid of ethnic, religious and hate speeches that could mar the upcoming elections.
“The timing of the First National Peace Accord is significant considering political party campaigns have already commenced in the country.
“The initiatives undertaken by the NPC are commendable as these efforts would ensure issue-based campaigns
“I look forward to the second phase of the signing of the National Peace Accord coming up in January 2023.
“You may recall that President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan and I signed the first National Peace Accord before the 2015 elections.
“It is my conviction that it contributed significantly to the peaceful outcome of the 2015 election.
“It is my hope that the National Peace Committee continues this important work post 2023,” the President said.
President Buhari reiterated his commitment to credible, free and fair elections which he said can only be achieved in peaceful environment.
The president urged all stakeholders to conduct themselves in a manner that would ensure the successful conduct of the General Elections in 2023 as well as smooth transition from one democratically elected Government to another
The members of the National Peace Committee are: Gen. Abubakar, Chairman; Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Sultan of Sokoto; John Cardinal Onaiyekan; Alhaji Aliko Dangote; Prof. Ameze Guobadia; Prince Sam Amuka; Justice Roseline Ukeje (rtd); Prof. Ibrahim Gambari; Bishop Mathew Hasan Kukah; Lt. Gen. Mathew Luther Agwai; Mr. Femi Otedola; Alhaji Ahmed Yayale; Ms Idayat Hassan, John Momoh; Sani Suleiman Atsu and Fr. Attah Barkindo, Head of NPC Secretariat.
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