Nigeria: After weeks of acrimonious campaign, Buhari, Atiku share jokes at peace accord signing
London, Feb. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-After several weeks of acrimonious campaign characterised by name calling and counter accusations, the two main challengers in the Saturday’s presidential election in Nigeria, president Muhammadu Buhari and Vice president Atiku Abubakar publicly exchanged warm embrace at the signing of peace accord in Abuja
Among those who witnessed the event are former Liberian President, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, who is leading the ECOWAS observer mission; a former President of Tanzania, Jakaya Kikwete, who heads the Commonwealth observer mission, Festus Moghai a former President of Botswana who is heading the Democratic National Institute and Republic National Institute.
Others are the chairman of the national peace committee, former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, another former head of state, Yakubu Gowon, outspoken Catholic priest, Father Kukah among many others.
Their warm exchange is coming barely few days to the presidential election and to the admiration of local and foreign observers at the event
The chairman of the national peace committee, former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, said the committee decided to organise the peace accord signing in order to ensure peaceful conduct of all elections in the country.
A previous accord had been signed by the presidential candidates.
President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar, pledged their commitment to violence-free elections and called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure free, fair and credible poll
Nigerians go to the poll this Saturday to elect a president and members of the National Assembly. The elections of governors and members of state Houses of Assembly will hold on March 2, 2019.