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At an official ceremony today in Abuja the main presidential candidates reiterated their willingness to ensure a peaceful electoral process for the presidential election on February 16th.

Switzerland congratulates all candidates who signed the Peace Accord and calls on them to keep to their word during the elections as well as during the post election period.

The ceremony was organized by the National Peace Committee (NPC) led by former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar and composed of political and traditional leaders as well as members of the civil society. The NPC has been working for several months to ensure a peaceful electoral process.

At the request of Nigerian stakeholders and along with local and international partners such as the Kofi Annan Foundation and Clinton Foundation, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs provided financial and technical support to the process that led to the signature of the Abuja Peace Accord. The support provided is in line with Switzerland’s longstanding contributions and partnerships in the fields of conflict prevention and conflict resolution.

The presidential election holds high stakes for Nigeria: an electoral process that is perceived as credible and peaceful will be key for the elected government to further develop the huge economic, social and human potential of the country.

The Abuja Peace Accord 2019 echoes the one signed before the 2015 presidential election in the presence of the Late former United Nations Secretary-General, Kofi Annan.

Switzerland commends the tireless efforts of the Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee and wishes Nigerians well on this momentous occasion.

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