As the 2019 general election draws near, the UN has said there is the need to reactivate the National Peace Committee, which played critical roles in ensuring a peaceful 2015 presidential election. This was stated by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in the ‘Report of the Secretary-General on the activities of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS) presented to the UN Security Council.
The National Peace Committee followed the signing of the Abuja Peace Accord on Jan. 14, 2015 by former President Goodluck Jonathan of the People Democratic Party, then All Progressives Congress candidate Muhammadu Buhari and other presidential candidates. The Committee comprised of respected statesmen and women, traditional and religious leaders who include former Head of State, Gen. Abdulsalam Abubakar, Bishop Mathew Kukah, and Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, Sultan of Sokoto.
Guterres said his Special Representative for West Africa and the Sahel, Mohammed Chambas, has continued to support efforts to sustain peace in the region by promoting and supporting inclusive national political dialogues, constitutional and democratic reforms and transparent, credible and peaceful election.
Through the Peace Accord, the candidates committed to take proactive measures to prevent electoral violence before, during and after the elections. They also expressed determination to avoid any conduct or behavior that will endanger the political stability and national security of Nigeria and to place national interest above personal and partisan concern. They have further reaffirmed their commitment to fully abide by all rules and regulations as laid down in the legal framework for elections in Nigeria.

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