Northern Peace Conference on the 2023 General Elections

On November 14, 2022, The 2Baba Foundation, Child Protection and Peer Learning Initiative (CPPLI) and JESZ Development Foundation; the Vote Not Fight Campaign partners for the north-central, north-east and north-west hosted the Northern Peace Conference on the 2023 General Elections. The Conference was organized out of concern over the security situation in the country, particularly, in the north. Its objective was to build intergenerational consensus between northern youth and the older generation on the need for peaceful general elections in 2023.

Participants at the Northern Peace Conference included Innocent Idibia (Aka 2Baba); legendary Nigerian musician and Vote Not Fight Campaign Ambassador, Prof. A.A. Zuru; Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) National Commissioner and representative of the Commission’s Chairman, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), and Muhammed Ajia; Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Commandant of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and representative of the Agency’s Chairman.

Other participants included Rev Fr. Atta Barkindo; Head of Secretariat of the National Peace Committee (NPC) and representative of the Chairman of the NPC, Engr. Yabagi Sani; Chairman Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Prof. Rufai Alkali; National Chairman of the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and Alhaji Umar Farouk Ibrahim; National Secretary of the Labour Party (LP). Youth leaders of northern extraction at the conference included Hamzat Lawal; Executive Director Connected Development (CODE), Farouk Ibrahim, Yiaga Africa Program Manager and Vote Not Fight coordinators from the northern region.