Kofi Annan Calls for peace in Upcoming Nigerian Elections


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Former United Nations Secretary General, Kofi
Annan has called for a peaceful election in
Nigeria.
Kofi Annan made the call when he, the
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, former
President General Muhammadu Buhari and
nine other presidential candidates adopted an
inter-party agreement on non-violence and the
acceptance of the results of the upcoming
elections on 14 and 28 February.
“I am pleased that all parties are participating
in this responsible initiative,” Kofi Annan said.
He added that the inter-party agreement “will
reassure Nigerians and their international
partners who are concerned about potential
election-related violence and its consequences
for the country’s prospects.”
He observed that “What happens in Nigeria
affects all of Africa,” hence the need to ensure
to support a peaceful elections with integrity
in Nigeria.
The inter-party workshop was chaired by Chief
Emeka Anyaoku, former Secretary-General of
the Commonwealth, and attended by the
chairmen of the two main parties, and other
candidates running in the legislative and
gubernatorial elections, as well as the
diplomatic community and the media.
Mr Annan also met the Chairman of the
Independent National Election Commission
(INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega, the African
ambassadors, the international community,
civil society leaders, business leaders and the
media.
His visit began with a civil society conference
on elections with integrity chaired by Cardinal
John Onaiyekan and organised by a coalition
of Nigerian NGOs under the umbrella of the
Election Situation Room with the support of
the Open Society Initiative for West Africa.
At the conference the participants expressed
their concerns about the elections: security;
delays in registration; and the heated rhetoric
that is heightening tensions.
Kofi Annan emphasized the role that political
actors, civil society, the security services and
the general public have to play in ensuring
that the elections are non-violent and
acceptable to the people of Nigeria.

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