Saturday, 23 February, 2019

Atiku, Buhari arrive ICC to sign second Peace Accord

Oshiomhole Oshiomhole
Melinda Barton | 13 February, 2019, 18:13

A number of people were killed in a stampede at a rally in support of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, local officials from his party said on Tuesday, days ahead of an election in which he is seeking a second term.

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

President Buhari in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Adesina, expressed pleasure that the Commonwealth was showing keen interest in the Nigerian election, appreciating Rt. Hon.

The president described the deaths as "needless loss of lives and an anti-climax to a highly successful outing" in the oil city that could have been averted if there was an orderly exit from the Adokiye Amiesimaka Stadium.

In recent weeks, tensions have risen between Buhari's All Progressives Congress (APC) and Abubakar's People's Democratic Party (PDP). As we move into Nigeria's national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously.

"He looks forward to talking to both candidates and General Abubakar this week".

The presidential candidates of the two major parties are expected to sign another peace accord before the elections.

The NPC in an earlier statement announcing Clinton's visit said it reached out to him and others to ensure peaceful elections and a non-violent transfer of power in the West African nation.

The planned trip was facilitated by the Kofi Annan Foundation and the National Peace Committee.

"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 at 10 am at the Abuja International Conference Centre".