PHOTOS: National Peace Committee Meets With President Buhari

 

The members of the National Peace Committee have met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the state House in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Chairman of the Committee, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, who spoke to journalists after the meeting said they presented the grievances and observations of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) Atiku Abubakar to President Buhari.

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The committee had on Thursday met with the PDP leadership following the announcement of President Buhari as the winner of the February 23, Presidential elections.

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National Peace Committee Meets With Buhari In Abuja

President Muhammadu Buhari, Adams Oshiomhole meet with members of the National Peace Committee

 

President Muhammadu Buhari has met with the members of the National Peace Committee at the state House in the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Chairman of the Committee, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, who spoke to journalists after the meeting said they presented the grievances and observations of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) Atiku Abubakar to President Buhari.

General Abdulsalam who had on Thursday held a similar meeting with his committee and members of the opposition PDP insisted that Atiku did not give conditions as its being speculated.

He said that the meeting with the PDP leadership was a move to douse the rising tension in the country, following the announcement of President Buhari as the winner of the February 23, Presidential elections.

Buhari’s major challenger in the race, Atiku Abubakar, disagreed with the result as announced by the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, vowing to challenge it.

The PDP accused the ruling party of manipulating the outcome of the election, through suppression of the party’s votes, intimidation, rigging, and other electoral infractions.

The APC has, however, denied the allegations, describing the PDP as a bad loser and promising to meet Atiku in court.

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He described Atiku Abubakar’s decision to approach the courts as the best and the right thing to do.

However, the chairman of the Peace Committee has urged Nigerians to maintain peace

In attendance were John Cardinal Onaiyekan and Bishop Mathew Kukah.

 

 

Peace Committee Meets With Buhari, Conveys PDP’s Concerns

 

The Chairman of the National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, says the group has presented the grievances and observations of the Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in Saturday’s election, Atiku Abubakar, to the President.

Gen. Abubakar told journalists after the committee met with President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday that the meeting was basically to convey the fears of the PDP to the President, affirming that Mr. Atiku did not give conditions as being speculated.

“Mr. President has listened to us and also taken note of what we have told him.

On behalf of this country and all of us regardless, we need peace. This country is very important to all of us.

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We are not talking of self-interest; we are talking of the interest of Nigeria,” said Gen Abubakar.

He described the PDP presidential candidate’s decision to approach the courts as the right thing to do. “I am glad that the PDP has said they are going to court,” asking Nigerians to maintain peace.

The meeting comes a day after the Committee met with the PDP Presidential candidate, in the company of other leaders of the party including the PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus, Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, among others.

The National Peace Committee has been in the forefront of the campaign for peaceful elections in the country.

In the run up to the Presidential and National Assembly polls, the Committee got the presidential candidates to sign a Peace Accord, pledging to maintain the atmosphere peace and urge their supporters to abstain from violence.

Abdulsalami, Kukah Meet With Osinbajo At Aso Villa

 

The National Peace Committee (NPC) on Thursday, met with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo at the Aso Villa in Abuja.

Led by the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah, and former Head of State, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar, the NPC met with Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo behind closed doors.

The meeting with Osinbajo comes after the NPC ended their meeting with the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.

READ ALSO: We Will Meet Atiku In Court – Oshiomhole

Speaking with journalists after the meeting, which took place at the residence of the PDP Presidential candidate, Gen. Abubakar said his committee decided to address the disagreement, given its mission to always ensure that there is peace in the country.

“Currently now, tensions are high and we need to see how we can douse the situation. We have come to listen to the grievances from the PDP. We will continue shuttling to see how we can make sure that the peace is maintained,” he said.

Asked if the talks would be extended to the ruling party, Gen. Abubakar said, “Naturally, when you are dealing, of course, you need to contact all the stakeholders.”

Rise Up To Defend Our Democracy, National Peace Committee Tells Nigerians

 

The National Peace Committee (NPC) has called on Nigerians to put the disappointment of the postponement of the general elections behind them and respond to the call to patriotism when the elections eventually hold.

It made a call in a statement jointly signed by its Chairman, former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd), and Convener, Bishop Mathew Kukah.

“We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledgling Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments,” the statement read in part.

“Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the setback, but respond to the call to patriotism. Do not relent, go out and fulfil your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy.”

The postponement of the election by a week had attracted widespread criticism. But with so much blames already traded, the NPC believes the nation must show faith.

It said, “There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make.”

Also, the committee called on politicians to look beyond the struggle for power, show character and grace and work with the Independent National Electoral Commission “to inspire our people to new heights”.

“The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence,” the NPC said.

As for INEC, the National Peace Committee challenged it to work toward reclaiming its integrity.

To do that, the committee urged the electoral body to “patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination”.

“Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned,” it added.

Read the full statement below:

NIGERIANS: RISE UP AND OBEY THE NATION’S CALL
STATEMENT BY THE NATIONAL PEACE COMMITTEE

1: We have a common saying in Nigeria: God’s time is the best. However, in real life, certain experiences often tempt us to pause and ask whether this statement need to be edited. This is one of such moments.

However, we must remain hopeful because God is perfect and all knowing. We are humans, He is the God of history and all power belongs to Him alone. He will give to whom He wishes, how and when He wishes. We are merely instruments of His plans. It is against this background that we wish to appeal to our fellow citizens.

2: We recall that two days to the elections, specifically on February 13th, 2019, the President, Alhaji Muhammadu Buhari, other Presidential candidates of the different parties gathered at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, to sign a second Peace Accord. Distinguished members of the international community such as the Commonwealth Secretary General, Rt. Honourable Patricia Scotland, QC, four former African Heads of State (Festus Mogae (Malawi), Ellen Sirleaf Johnson, Professor Amos Sawyer, (Liberia), Jakaya Kikwete (Tanzania) some of our own distinguished citizens, such as General Yakubu Gowon, our former Head of State, distinguished Religious and Traditional rulers, members of the general public from all walks of life witnessed the event with joy and hope.

3: On Friday 15th, February, we all went to bed joyfully and anxiously looking forward to casting our votes for the next President of our country. However, nothing could have prepared anyone for the shock announcement by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, barely six hours to the elections in the morning of February 16th. Although, the Chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu has already addressed the nation and the leaders of all the Political Parties, very little has happened to assuage the deep feeling of embarrassment, pain, and disappointment across the land. The impact of this decision has permeated every stratum of our lives and has the potential to dampen the confidence of our people in the political process. It has further deepened anxieties within the international community about our country.

4: There is enough blame to pass around. The real challenge now is for us as a nation, to reach out to the deepest instincts of faith in God and our country. We must put everything aside and see this as a battle that all of us must win. The challenge is not who to sacrifice, but what sacrifice to make. We therefore make the following appeal to our people:

5: To all Nigerians:

We understand your right to feel disappointed by INEC. However, we appeal to you all to see this as a watershed in the life of our fledging Democracy. The only way we can ensure a steady Democracy is for us to learn the lessons from these sad developments. Therefore, we appeal to you not to count the cost of the set back, but respond to the call to patriotism. Do not relent, go out and fulfill your duty to your family and country on Election Day. We will soon turn the corner in hope. Rather than despair, rise up to defend our Democracy.

6: To the Political Class:

What we have before us is well beyond the struggle for power. Our predicament calls for character and grace. The Politicians must own this process by showing their readiness to collaborate with INEC and to inspire our people to new heights. The challenge before you goes beyond the narrowness of political opportunities. This is not time to trade blames or to incite your supporters. Be temperate in your language so that we do not inadvertently set up our people for violence. Sadly, for us, politics of the last few years have further polarized our people along dangerous religious, regional, ethnic and party lines. We must aim at trying to avert this precipice and try to heal our nation.

7: To the Independent National Electoral Commission:

After trying to explain your situation, it is now important to focus on how best to reclaim your credibility and integrity. Patiently continue to focus on attaining internal cohesion and coordination. Do not give room to external enemies to infiltrate and destroy the confidence and trust that your organisation has earned. Avoid panic measures, continue to communicate effectively with Nigerians and build up your confidence. Listen to the politicians but do not be distracted. Perhaps, just perhaps, your being accused by both sides might be your vindication. You might still be vindicated in the end. Focus on the big picture.

8: To our international Visitors and Observers:

We appreciate the sacrifices that you have made to come to Nigeria to monitor our elections. We see your engagement with us not as an act of interference but as the extension of the hand of friendship and encouragement. With your co-operation and encouragement, we will deepen our political culture and turn Democracy into a tool for development and progress for our people. We know it is a long road and we are prepared to walk it to the end. We understand the emotional and financial strain that this has placed on you. We appeal to the relevant Agencies in our government to kindly facilitate the visa processes of our guests at no cost and with the least inconveniences.

9: A Prayer for Nigeria:

We thank God for the gift of this great country. We know that our selfishness and greed have delayed our march to greatness. We commit our country to you at this very delicate and difficult time. Take control of all the relevant agencies in this election and let your will be done. We know that you are a perfect God and that in the end, may your will be done. We commit the future into your hands. Save us from further violence and bloodshed. Forgive our many sins. We believe that your time is the best for us.

General Abdusalami A. Abubakar, GCFR,
Chairman, NPC

Bishop Matthew Hassan KUKAH
Convener, NPC

Contact
Fr. Atta Barkindo
Head of Secretariat
National Peace Committee, NPC
09031149816
[email protected]

2019: Peace Committee Asks Politicians To Consider National Interest

 

The National Peace Committee has called on politicians across the country to conduct themselves in a manner that guarantees national peace and security.

Chairman of the committee and former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, made the appealing on Thursday ahead of the general elections in 2019.

General Abdulsalami appealed to the various candidates in the coming polls at the presentation of a draft copy of the 2018 Peace Accord to political parties and their presidential candidates in Abuja.

According to him, some politicians are already parading themselves in a manner that can threaten peaceful elections in 2019.

He, therefore, called on such politicians to scrutinise their conscience and act in the interest of the people they hope to lead.

The former Head of State stressed the urgent need for political parties and their candidates to sign a peace accord, especially as campaigns have begun.

2019: Peace Committee Asks Politicians To Consider National Interest

 

Presenting the draft copy of the Peace Accord, the Bishop of Sokoto Diocese who is also a member of the committee, Bishop Mattew Kukah, highlighted some key areas of the document.

The areas pointed out include the need for political parties to ensure that their campaigns were devoid of insults and inciting statements among other issues.

Having listened to the presentation of the draft copy, some leaders of political parties made their contributions.

The stressed the need for non-political organisations such as the police and religious houses to shun acts capable of instigating violence during the elections.

The National Peace Committee had facilitated a similar peace accord among political parties, in the build-up to the 2015 general election.

Members are hopeful that when the document which is an agreement for a peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections is signed in December, it will impress on the minds of politicians the urgent need to ensure that the polls are free, fair and peaceful.

Political Parties To Sign Peace Accord Ahead Of 2019

 

The Chairman of the National Peace Committee, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, says that all heads of political parties are to sign a peace accord ahead of the 2019 elections.

According to him, signing the agreement will help play a major role towards the success of the forthcoming elections.

Abubakar said this during a meeting with the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mahmoud Yakubu in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said, “We will do the best we can, in order to help sanitize the political arena.

“You members of the press also have a role and a duty to educate our people and the politicians so that once they go on campaigning they campaign on issues and there shouldn’t be any rancor.

“Tomorrow we are going to meet all the chairmen and secretaries of the registered political parties.

“The aim of the meeting with the political parties is to try to reach an understanding, where we will get them at a later date to sign the Memorandum of Understanding on how to campaign without bitterness”.

On his part, the INEC Chairman assured Nigerians of the commission’s readiness to ensure a free and fair exercise in 2019.

Kukah Shuns Media After Closed-Door Meeting With Buhari

Buhari_KukahPresident Muhammadu Buhari and the Catholic Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Bishop Matthew Kukah, met behind closed-doors in the Presidential Villa Abuja.

Bishop Kukah, declined comments, saying he had to catch a 12:30 flight, after the meeting which lasted for less than 20 minutes.

The Catholic Bishop is a member of the National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections.

He had after a meeting between members of the peace committee, led by Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar (Rtd.) and President Buhari on August 11, said the President was advised to follow the rule of law in his anti-corruption war.

National Peace Committee, Buhari Discuss Nigeria’s Peace

Muhammadu-BuhariThe National Peace Committee for the 2015 General Elections, headed by former Head of State General Abdusalami Abubakar (rtd), has held a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari.

At the meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Tuesday, talks were focused on how to sustain the peace that Nigeria had got after the general election.

The committee had brokered the signing of the peace accords between President Buhari and his predecessor, Dr Goodluck Jonathan, ahead of the March 28 presidential poll.

Addressing reporters after the meeting, which lasted for about an hour, the catholic Bishop of Sokoto State, Bishop Matthew Kukah, said the peace committee had a role to still nurture the peace which Nigeria had got following the general elections.

The meeting is coming barely three days after former President Jonathan, had paid a secret visit to President Buhari at the residence.

Present at the meeting were General Abubakar, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III and President of the Christian Association of Nigeria Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor.

Also in attendance were Primate of the Church of Nigeria, Anglican Communion, Most Reverend Nicholas Okoh, Catholic Archbishop of Abuja Cardinal John Onaiyekan, former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Mrs Priscilla Kuye and Senator Ben Obi.

 

NPC Commends Nigerian Police On Conduct During Polls

Police The National Peace Committee (NPC) has commended the Nigerian Police for its conduct during the 2015 presidential and National Assembly elections.

The commendation was made at the Nigerian Police Headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital as members of the committee led by its Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar (rtd), embarked on a ‘thank you visit’ to key actors in the just concluded presidential and parliamentary elections.

The committee noted that the Police remained neutral even in the face of the tension before and after the elections.

The committee further urged the Police to ensure that the conduct is replicated during the governorship and House of Assembly elections.

Similarly, General Abdulsalam urged Nigerians to support the Police in the next round of polls.

The Inspector-General of Police, Suleiman Abba, who expressed gratitude for the commendation, however, promised that the same conduct would be replicated during the governorship polls and beyond.

The Police have received several commendations from not only Nigerians, but the international community for its conduct during the polls.

They have been commended particularly for their arrest of some persons in possession of registration materials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Ona Ara Local Government Area of Oyo State.

They have also been lauded for the deployment of over 6,000 police officers to monitor Saturday’s presidential elections across the 27 Local Government Areas in Imo State.

The Police in different states across the country had, prior to Saturday’s election, given assurances of their readiness for the election.

The Imo State Police Command Headquarters in Owerri, said that the command was fully ready and prepared for the elections, urging residents not to panic as they go about their lawful duties.

The Zamfara State Police Command also assured indigenes of the readiness of the Nigeria Police and other relevant security agencies, to provide effective security and ensure smooth and orderly conduct of the election.