- Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah has opened up about the recent peace deal signed by presidential candidates for the 2019 elections
- He described the initiative as a marriage where people come together, exchange vows and make promises to each other
- The bishop added that the idea for the peace committee was not original to Nigeria
The secretary of the National Peace Committee and bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, Matthew Hassan Kukah, has spoken on the recent peace deal signed by presidential candidates for the 2019 elections.
In an interview with Daily Trust, the bishop disclosed that initiatives like this are necessary, especially in African and developing countries where the trust of the state is severely weakened.
Legit.ng gathers that he described the initiative as a marriage where people come together, exchange vows and make promises to each other.
Kukah said: "First of all, these kinds of initiatives have been formal and informal, especially in Africa and developing economies, where the trust of the state is severely weakened and the trust on institutions and their capacity is under question. So you require a bit of supporting efforts, so to say.
"For the peace committee, the best metaphor I use is that of marriage, where two people come together, exchange vows and make promises to each other. But despite making the promises, you require others to continue to encourage them.
"In this case, it could be family members or friends. That is really the idea behind the peace committee."
The bishop added that the idea for the peace committee was not original to Nigeria.
He said: "It was not original to us. Kofi Anan and other people involved in democracies in developing countries – Myanmar, Peru, Tunisia, Kenya, Ghana other countries – had these kinds of experiences."
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warned that the 2019 general elections will not be considered credible unless President Muhammadu Buhari signs the electoral bill.
Atiku, made the statement at the Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah Centre, Abuja, where he signed the peace accord to commit himself to peaceful elections in 2019.
He said: “I am delighted that Mr President has agreed to sign this peace accord. I will want to appeal to him to also sign the Electoral Act (Amendment) Bill. Mr President needs to understand that as long as he refuses to sign the bill, we will have doubts that this government is truly committed to free, fair and credible elections."
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