The 42nd President of the United States of America, USA, Bill Clinton, and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, have been named as dignitaries for the goodwill messages at the signing of the National Peace Accord, NPA.
The event has been scheduled for the International Conference Centre, ICC, Abuja, on Wednesday, February 13.
Promoters of the NPA, said that the ex-US President would hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, both Presidential Candidates for the 2019 elections.
“As we move into Nigeria’s national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously”, the NPC said.
A statement by the Head of Secretariat of the National Peace Committee (The Kukah Centre), Fr. Atta Barkindo, said that the signing of the Accord aims at committing Stakeholders to accepting the outcome of the elections, as long as it is announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Barkindo said: “The National Peace Committee, mindful of the importance of peaceful elections and non-violent transfer of power, has engaged various Stakeholders, in preparation for the 2019 general elections.
“To this end, it is pleased to announce 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 12th to 13th February, 2019, ahead of the Nigerian Presidential election.
“Both ex-President Clinton and Baroness Scotland, will deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the National Peace Accord, which will hold at the Abuja International Conference Centre, ICC, on February 13”, the statement added.