Buhari and Atiku to sign second peace accord


Nigeria’s president Muhammadu Buhari, presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress and the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, have arrived at the International Conference Center in Abuja for the second signing of the National Peace Accord.

Also in attendance is the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Patricia Scotland; former head of state, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd); Bishop Mathew Kukah, as well as other members of the National Peace Committee (NPC).

The peace accord is to commit political parties to peaceful elections and a non-violent transfer of power in the country.

General Abubakar, who is also the Chairman of the NPC, appealed to them to adopt a code of conduct that would promote a peaceful process devoid of rigging.

Abubakar told the candidates to use the remaining days left to speak directly to voters and supporters, pleading with them to avoid violence.

Nigeria, a nation with 84,004,084 registered voters, heads to poll on Saturday to elect it’s president and federal lawmakers.

Abubakar explained that he was stressing this so that the nation would have no need to invite foreign observers in the future, as it is done in some countries.

President Buhari, Atiku, and other presidential candidates had earlier signed the first part of the peace accord in December last year.

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