Bill Clinton, a former president of the United States of America, is expected to be in Nigeria on Tuesday to witness the signing of another peace accord between the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari, and his opponent from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
The National Peace Committee (NPC) disclosed this on Sunday.
According to a statement issued by Atta Barkindo, Head of the NPC secretariat, the presidential candidate of the two major political parties would sign a second peace accord at the International Conference Centre in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Wednesday.
Apart from Clinton, the statement announced that Baroness Patricia Scotland, Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, is also expected to attend the accord signing event.
The NPC said apart from witnessing the event, the two foreign leaders will also give goodwill speeches as well as hold individual meetings with both President Buhari and Atiku.
The statement read: “As we move into Nigeria’s national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously,” Barkindo said in the statement.
“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.”
Both President Buhari and Atiku had already signed a peace accord in 2018, which was superintended by Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former head of state and Chairman of the NPC.