BOYCOTT SECOND PEACE ACCORD SIGNING – DON URGES PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES, PARTIES
By Dr. Bisi Olawunmi.
A university don has urged presidential candidates and leaders of political parties in the country to boycott the so-called second peace accord signing ceremony scheduled for Wednesday, 13thFebruary, 2019, in Abuja, describing it as superfluous.
In a statement on Monday, 11th February, 2019, Dr. Bisi Olawunmi stressed that the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee (NPC) is over-reaching itself by trying to compel Nigerian presidential election candidat
In a full page advert in ‘The Nation’ newspaper of Monday, February 11, 2019 announcing the accord signing ceremony, Gen. Abubakar had stated : ‘’The event is to ensure that all parties accept the result of the elections as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC’’. ‘’It is intriguing why candidates should be railroaded into forfeiting their right to legally challenge the election result where they felt there were glaring irregularities’’, Dr Olawunmi declared. He questioned the morality of havingformer U.S. president, Mr. Bill Clinton,
The American delegation, led by Mr. Thomas Pickering, a former U.S. ambassador to Nigeria and at the time the third ranking official at the State Department, had met Abiola on the fateful July 7, after earlier meeting Gen. Abubakar, during which the chief was fed tea and thereafter suddenly collapsed and died. The delegation had included U.S. assistant secretary of state for African Affairs, Susan Rice and the then U.S..ambassador to Nigeria, William H. Twaddell. According to Dr. Olawunmi, a fellow of the Nigerian Guild of Editors, it isinsensitive for the ex-military leader, Gen. Abubakar, under whose regime Abiola died, to have in
Dr. Olawunmi, a former Washington correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) also recalled that the Commonwealth Secretary-general at the time was a member of the international community who came to persuade Chief Abiola to renounce his mandate which the chief refused. Current Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland, is the second of Gen. Abubakar’s Special Guest of Honour to witness the peace accord signing ceremony.
The National Peace Committee, he stated, should feel embarrassed that after moderating the first peace accord on December 11, 2018, it still felt the need to get the international community to legitimize what can be regarded as its patriotic duty in initiating the first accord.
People who have been privileged to hold high public office in the country should demonstrate a sense of national pride and not take actions which, wittingly or unwittingly, reduce the country to a banana republic status before the world.
Dr. Bisi Olawunmi, a Senior Lecturer, Department of Mass Communication, Adeleke