National Peace Committee meets with President Buhari

Timothy Choji, Abuja

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The National Peace Committee on Friday met with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed doors in his office.

Addressing State House Correspondents after the meeting, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (Rtd) said they met to relay to him fears raised by the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party PDP, Atiku Abubakar.

He said: “The Presidential election result has raised a lot of dust and the people feel aggrieved. Yesterday, we met the PDP Presidential candidate and his party in other to ensure that this peace committee stresses its stand. Really, our concern is about Nigeria. And in other to listen to their grievances and what they think has gone wrong, we are here today to see his Excellency the President in other to relay the fears and concerns of the PDP and Mr. President has listened to us and has taken note of what we have told him.”

He urged Nigerians to be calm and avoid anything that will jeopardise the peace which the country is currently enjoying.

“Well, Nigerians should please know, on behalf of this country and all of us, regardless, we need peace. This country is very, very important to all of us. We are not talking about self interest; we are talking about the interest of the country. I keep saying, whenever there is violence, we are not going to see violence in Ikoyi, in the Villa and you will not find violence in the various government houses in this country. It is always the poor men that get to kill themselves and so on. So, please, yes, as much as we have grievances, l am glad that the PDP say they are going to court to challenge the process, l think this is the right way to go about it, and l hope and pray that we will maintain this,” he said.

Abubakar denied reports making the round that the PDP Presidential candidate made some demands to the committee when it met with him on Thursday in Abuja.

“Atiku presented his grievances and his observations, he did not present any conditions, he gave his complaints, which we have come to presented and discuss with Mr. President to see what can be done,” he stated.

Abdulsalami Abubakar was accompanied by Archbishop John Onaiyekan and Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah.

National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress APC, Adams Oshiomhole was also present at the meeting.

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