By Sadiq Umar – A former United States President, Bill Clinton, has been scheduled to meet with the two leading presidential candidates of Nigeria’s leading parties, All Progressive Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the general elections.
Also expected to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari of the ruling APC and PDP’s Atiku Abubakar is the Secretary General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland.
The meeting which is courtesy of the National Peace Committee, NPC, will hold after the signing of a peace accord by the two candidates.
The signing of the peace accord which holds on Wednesday will be witnessed by Clinton and he is expected to deliver a goodwill message.
The Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Baroness Patricia Scotland, who has also been invited for the same purpose is expected to deliver a goodwill message.
The news of the meeting was revealed in a statement signed by Head, NPC Secretariat, (Kukah Centre), Atta Barkindo on Sunday.
“As we move into Nigeria’s national elections, the threat of unrest has to be taken seriously,” the statement 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.”