By Joseph Erunke
ABUJA – FOR the first time since the conduct of the 2015 general elections, the National Peace Committee met with the two major political parties in the country yesterday.

The meeting, which took place at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, behind closed-door,was aimed at sustaining the ongoing post-election peace in the country.

Although,no reporter was allowed access to the meeting, Vanguard gathered that the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar-led National Peace Committee convened the meeting at the instance of the charged political atmosphere in the country.

Also at the meeting, according to a source, were representatives of Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, and the Jamatu Nasril Islam, the umbrella bodies of Christians and Muslims in the country.

The committee, was formed at the instance of the 2015 polls, with a clear-cut mandate to mediate among political parties with a view to ensuring that the outcome of the presidential election,usually characterised with violence,was acceptable to all parties involved.

The concession of victory by former President Goodluck Jonathan of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party,PDP,to his main rival, Muhammadu Buhari of the opposition All Progressives Congress,APC,was as a result of the committee’s efforts.

Vanguard gathered that the post-election meeting of the committee yesterday,also had representatives of other political parties,under the aegies of Inter-Party Advisory Council,IPAC,led by the national chairman,Alhaji Yunusa Tanko

The parties were said to have briefed the committee on various issues in the polity,especially,as it concerns them.

The National Peace Committee has former military Head of State,General Abdulsalami Abubakar,as chairman, with Bishop of Sokoto Catholic Diocese,Matthew Kukah and publisher of Vanguard Newspapers, Chief Sam Amuka, among others as members.

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