Former Head of State and Chairman of the National Peace Committee, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has stated that politicians contesting the 2023 general elections have to sign a peace pact.
Abdulsalami made this known on Thursday, in Minna, Niger State, after a meeting with the committee members. He stated that during electioneering campaigns, politicians and their supporters create incitements that could endanger the country’s peace.
“The pattern of public communication among political actors, their publicity agents, spokespersons, and media consultants have amplified the potential for personal attacks, insults, and incitement.”
Adding that the attacks by politicians and their supporters on their opponents, “has relegated to the background, the civility and decency in public discourse and debate. It has shifted focus away from issue-based campaigns, to consolidating identity politics and the politics of thuggery.”
The Peace Committee chairman, added that to promote a peaceful electioneering process, the committee has organised the signing of a peace pact.
“In view of this, there is need to promote a culture of healthy issue-based campaigns and political communication. Consequently, the National Peace Committee, has organised the signing of two Peace Accords for the 2023 general elections,” he said.
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