Former US President Bill Clinton and the Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, have been named dignitaries for the goodwill messages at the signing of the National Peace Accord (NPA).
The event has been scheduled for the International Conference Centre in Abuja on Wednesday, February 13.
Promoters of the NPA said the ex-US President would hold meetings with President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“As we move into Nigeria’s national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously”, NPC said.
In a statement by the Head of Secretariat of National Peace Committee (The Kukah Centre), Fr. Atta Barkindo, said the signing of the accord aims at committing stakeholders to accept 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 12 to 13 February 2019, ahead of the Nigerian presidential elections.
“Both ex-President Clinton and Baroness Scotland will deliver goodwill messages at the signing ceremony of the National Peace Accord, which will hold at Abuja International Conference Centre on February 13,” the statement read.