Former Head of State Calls for Calm in the Country

The Chairman of the National Peace Committee, and a former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has said Nigeria would disintegrate if the citizens do not remain calm and united as crises continue to unfold nation.

Abdulsalami was reacting to the recent attacks in the country in Minna on Tuesday. He called on governors to be responsible and end the rise in disintegration.

Abubakar noted that “As if the continued insurgency in the country, the kidnapping and armed robbery is not cup full, the recent happenings in some part of the country of ethnic attacks are unfortunate and adding to the problems,” he stated.

He said there is a need for all Nigerians to overcome the current challenges being faced.

“In the last two weeks or so, tension has been growing in the country, and embers of disunity, anarchy, and disintegration are spreading fast; and if care is not taken, this might lead us to the point of no return.

“We at the National Peace Committee wish to add our voice to the voices of millions of Nigerians calling for calm in these difficult times.

“These times demand that we all join hands to resolve our challenges to keep our country united. We do not have the luxury of trading blames.
“Thousands of our people are homeless and refugees across the length and breadth of their own country.

“We know the difficulties that our farmers have faced in the last few years and that harvesting will be a serious challenge this year. Therefore, let us all rally together in these hard times, make the required sacrifices and remain vigilant by standing by one another.”

“They should tone down their rhetoric and take full responsibility for managing the divergent voices and frustration within their states.
“It is true that we are all in a state of fear and collective anxiety. However, the last thing we need is for the enemy to sense a lack of unity on our part or a break in our ranks.”

He said the new service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police should rise to the urgent demands of the moment, saying, “You need to rally your troops and design the best strategy for ending this tragic war that has continued to consume and destroy the foundation of our dear country.”

“We hope that based on their field experience in this war, they can draw up a well-coordinated programme to ensure that all our resources are deployed to achieve the much-needed victory in this avoidable war,” he said.

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