In order to discuss violations of the 2022 Peace Accord, the National Peace Committee (NPC) met with several presidential candidates and other stakeholders once more on Friday.
All presidential candidates from all political parties agreed to run a nonviolent campaign in the 2023 election when they signed a peace agreement in September 2022.
All the candidates and the national chairman chairmen of their parties signed the accord organised by the NPC.
Meanwhile, 18 recognised political parties are fielding candidates in the 25 February election.
In attendance at the Friday’s meeting are the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, and African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore; as well as the vice presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Okowa; and New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Bishop Isaac Idahosa.
Also present are the Chairman of the NPC, General Abdulsalami Abubakar (retd); Secretary, Bishop of Sokoto Diocese, Matthew Kukah; and Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar III.
Others in attendance are leaders of political parties, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the Nigeria Police, and civil society organisations.
Speaking during the meeting, Idayat Hassan, director of the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) and member of NPC named Director of Special Projects and New media of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign Council, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode and former aide to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, Reno Omokri as the two most notorious purveyors of hate speech.
Three Twitter handles operated by Labour Party supporters namely FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_), NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) and one “Talk-boy” were accused of malicious post and cyber bullying.
The peace committee further said PDP and APC political parties were worst in terms of attacking personalities, adding that that some media houses were also guilty of hate speech.