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Anambra election: NYSC boss, General Abdulsalami, others witness signing of peace accord

Director-General of the Scheme, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, made the appeal in his keynote address at the ongoing meeting of NYSC’s top management with representatives of the State Governments and the FCT administration, in Abuja.

NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim, was among the dignitaries that witnessed the signing of the Peace Accord by political parties and their candidates ahead of the November 6th Governorship election in Anambra State.

Also in attendance at the event organized by the National Peace Committee in Awka today were the Chairman of the Committee and former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar; INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, General Officer Commanding 82 Division Nigerian Army Major General TA Lagbaja; representative of the Inspector-General of Police, other top security officers, traditional rulers, and clerics.

In his address, the Chairman of the National Peace Committee General Abdulsalami Abubakar decried the violence, ballot box snatching, vote-buying, and other irregularities that often marred elections in the country.

He said the committee, which had been contributing to the improvement of the electoral process since its inception, was concerned about the peace of Anambra State.

Abubakar, therefore, called on all the political parties and their supporters to be committed to ensuring a violence-free election and accept the outcome.

In his remarks, the INEC Chairman Professor Mahmood Yakubu commended the National Peace Committee for its role in ensuring credible and peaceful conduct of elections in the country.

Yakubu noted that the accord brokered by the Committee contributed in no small measure to the peaceful conduct of the Governorship Elections in Edo and Ondo States last year, while also expressing confidence that a similar feat would be achieved with that of Anambra State.

He called on all parties that signed the accord to abide by its spirit and letters.

Also speaking, the representative of the Inspector-General of Police, DIG Joseph Egbunike said security agencies had mapped out strategies for the peaceful conduct of the election and assured that they would be firm and professional in their approach.

The NYSC Director-General, Brigadier General Shuaibu Ibrahim used the opportunity of his presence in the State to pay courtesy visits to the Commander 302 Artillery Regiment Onitsha, the Anambra State Commissioner of Police, and the Director, Department of State Services.

He thanked the agencies for their support for the Scheme, especially in the area of security and welfare of Corps members, and called for the sustenance of the cordial working relationship.

In their separate responses, Commander 302 Artillery Regiment Colonel AB Usman and the Commissioner of Police Mr. Echeng E. Echeng assured of their support for the Scheme to be sustained.

Ibrahim also addressed Corps members in Awka, the State capital. He enjoined those of them that would be engaged in the conduct of the election to perform their duty with a high sense of responsibility.

He urged them to act as impartial umpires and be guided by the provisions of the electoral laws.

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