The National Peace Committee (NPC) met with numerous presidential candidates and other stakeholders once more on Friday to review violations of the 2022 Peace Accord.
When a peace accord was negotiated in September 2022, all presidential candidates from all political parties consented to wage a nonviolent campaign in the 2023 election.
The agreement arranged by the NPC was signed by all of the candidates and the national chairman chairs of respective parties.
In the meanwhile, candidates from 18 recognized political parties will be running in the election on February 25.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate Bola Tinubu, the African Action Congress (AAC) candidate Omoyele Sowore, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vice presidential candidate Ifeanyi Okowa, and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) candidate Bishop Isaac Idahosa were all present at the meeting on Friday.
Additionally present are the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III, the Chairman of the NPC, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retired), and the Secretary, Bishop Matthew Kukah of the Diocese of Sokoto.
Political party leaders, officials from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigeria Police, and representatives from civil society organizations are also present.
Idayat Hassan, director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and member of the NPC, made a statement during the meeting naming Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, director of special projects and new media for the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign Council, and Reno Omokri, a former aide to former president Goodluck Jonathan, as the two most notorious speakers of hate speech.
Three Labour Party supporters’ Twitter accounts, FS Yusuf (@FS Yusuf), NEFERTITI (@firstladyship), and one “Talk-boy,” have been accused of making malicious posts and engaging in cyberbullying.
The peace committee also said that the PDP and APC political parties were the worst at criticizing specific people, and it added that some media outlets had also engaged in hate speech.