The chairman, Nationwide Peace Committee and former navy head of state, Abdulsalami Abubakar, on this interview with Every day Belief on Sunday, spoke on the actions of his committee in making certain peace throughout elections. He particularly spoke on the conduct of presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections, whether or not the peace accord was considerably complied with by the main actors within the race, in addition to an perception into the assembly with President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar not too long ago, amongst different points.
What’s your evaluation of the presidential and Nationwide Meeting elections?
The elections had been peaceable, though there have been pockets of violence in some few locations. These disturbances had been fairly remoted, however the deaths had been unlucky. The worldwide and home observers who monitored the train additionally gave the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) a move mark. And I feel that may be a good factor. Nonetheless, it’s unlucky that the elections needed to be unavoidably postponed within the first place over logistic points as a result of the INEC had sufficient time and even assets to organize. However we thank God that the elections had been carried out on the rescheduled date.
The actors within the presidential election, particularly the 2 primary contenders, President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, signed a peace accord initiated by your committee; do you suppose the settlement was adhered to?
Nicely, they’ve tried, to some extent. I feel the accord has performed a major position within the peace we loved in the course of the electioneering marketing campaign and the election correct. In fact, there have been violence in some locations, however we thank God that the scenario didn’t degenerate and in addition not widespread. By and huge, I might say the actors abided by the settlement as a result of all of the individuals who signed that settlement, of their utterances, cautioned their supporters on the necessity to guarantee peace and never take legal guidelines into their arms.
Your committee interfaced with Buhari and Atiku after the elections; what actually occurred on the assembly?
You may need adopted the event by way of the media. There have been rumours that the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP) could name out its supporters in demonstration, which can result in breakdown of legislation and order. After we raised the matter with them, they denied it and stated they didn’t know the place the hypothesis was coming from. They raised some points, such because the alleged arrest of their members, freezing of their accounts, amongst different allegations in opposition to the federal government. We tried to see how we might assuage the scenario. Naturally, we needed to meet the federal government aspect with the observations that had been raised they usually gave their very own positions on the problems raised.
However Atiku’s camp is in courtroom; is it that your committee couldn’t attain a center floor on the matter?
Nicely, Atiku and his group went to courtroom as a result of they didn’t agree with the end result of the election given by the INEC. They complained that supplies weren’t equipped to among the areas that they had comparative benefit over the ruling celebration, in addition to allegations of malpractices.
Would you say that Atiku and his celebration breached the peace accord by going to courtroom?
No, we are able to’t say he has breached the settlement as a result of because the Hausa adage says, you’ll be able to’t beat somebody and disallow him from crying. This implies that you could’t organise one thing involving many individuals and refuse to present room for commentary and criticism alongside the road. Within the first place, if the PDP felt they had been cheated or shortchanged, they’ve the fitting to go to courtroom. Though it’s not in our curiosity to see any celebration going to courtroom, if that can resolve the issue arising from the problems in rivalry as a substitute of disaster, you need to give the aggrieved the advantage of doubt.
Did the peace accord initiated by your committee additionally contain governorship candidates throughout the states?
Really, some non-governmental and civil society organisations requested to hitch arms with us to provoke the peace accord on the state degree, which we authorized and blessed. As an example, in Kano, the primary pact was signed earlier than the presidential election for peaceable campaigns. Once more, final Wednesday, our delegation was there to witness the signing of settlement for governorship candidates. They did so in another states. Up to now, the initiative succeeded in dousing stress throughout electioneering campaigns in states.
What’s your enchantment to politicians and Nigerians typically on the conduct of elections?
As all the time, we’re interesting to them to present peace an opportunity. When there are disturbances, the casualties are all the time the poor plenty and never the wealthy and people in authorities. Violence hardly will get to folks in authorities, however the poor plenty all the time pay for the actions and actions of politicians. So we enchantment to politicians to keep away from utterances and actions that might result in the breach of peace. We additionally name on the youth to keep away from getting used as instruments to trigger mayhem and chaos.