The conference billed for November, will bring together regional blocs, labour movements and other relevant bodies in the country. Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), National Council of Traditional Rulers of Nigeria, Yoruba Council of Elders (YCE), Ijaw National Congress (INC), Trade Union Congress (TUC), Northern Elders Forum (NEF), National Youth Council of Nigeria (NYCN), National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS), Igbo, Yoruba and Arewa youth forums are expected to participate. Over five diasporan associations have also indicated their interest to be part of the peace conference.
Permanent Secretary in charge of Political Affairs in the office of SGF, Mrs. Ibukun Odusote, in a letter addressed to the initiator of the peace conference and national liaison director of Nigeria for Peace Initiative, Mr. Ken Iyere, said government was willing to fully participate in the peace conference.
“This is to confirm that the Nigerian National Volunteer Service, Political Affairs Office, Office of the Secretary to Government of the Federation is willing to partner with the National Peace-Building Outreach also known as Nigeria for Peace Initiative towards the organization of the National Peace Conference scheduled to hold in November,” part of the letter from the SGF’s office, conveying its readiness to participate in the peace conference read.
“The need for caution to be taken ahead of the 2019 elections exists. We do not have to wait till the elections before we sensitize both politicians and Nigerians on the relevance of peace,” Iyere said.