Kukah: Abdulsalami deserves Nobel Prize for honoring Nigerian electoral process

Matthew Kukah, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sokoto, said Abdulsalami Abubakar, the former head of state, gave respectability to Nigeria’s electoral process through the peace committee.

The National Peace Committee (APN) was conceptualized in 2014 in response to emerging threats triggered by the 2015 general election.

The committee is headed by Abubakar and since its inception has concluded numerous peace pacts between candidates of political parties before the elections.

Speaking at a conference in honor of Abubakar held in Abuja, Kukah said that the mandate of the peace committee was for the 2015 elections, but that the committee continued to exercise its mandate due to the credibility of the former head of state.

The bishop, who is also the committee’s secretary, said all stakeholders in the country’s political process were in agreement with the committee continuing its mandate after the 2015 elections.

“On behalf of the peace committee, we would like to thank General Abdulsalami for giving respectability to the elections and the electoral processes,” he said.

“Because we work closely with INEC and now we literally find ourselves called from the left, the right and the center.

“When the peace committee was put in place, the name was the 2015 election peace committee.

“The idea was that after the 2015 election everyone would go home. When we were done, we decided to say ‘are we going to shake hands and go home? We said ‘look, let’s sit down together’.

“Really, General Abdulsalami was kind enough when we suggested that why not hear from Nigerians what they think about the work of the peace committee.

“We called the media, we called civil society, we called the BOT of both parties, we went to the president, we went to the speaker, we went to the president of the Senate and President Goodluck Jonathan .

“Everyone said the peace committee should stay and we could have gone home, but I think it’s General Abdulsalami’s credibility that we always go to.


He also tipped the former head of state for the Nobel Peace Prize, saying it was high time Abdulsalami won the prestigious prize.

“I believe but I don’t know how but I think the next campaign that we all have to wait for now is to work hard because the Nobel Peace Prize is long overdue,” he added.

“As far as we are concerned, General Abdulsalami is a Nobel laureate, all we need to do is let those who won the prize have the decency to mark their authority over what we have already agreed on.”

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