South east crisis: GEJ appeals for calm and restraint
- Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, former president of Nigeria, has called on all sides involved in the south east crises, to exercise restraint
- The former president urged all Nigerians to seek the face of God to find a lasting solution to this challenge, and stressed that Nigerians must never turn on themselves, despite the circumstances
- The former president expressed worry over the unfolding events in the region, and stated that it was time for the Council of State to intervene
- Jonathan appealed to all citizens to exchange ideas instead of insults, as he condemned the violence which was witnessed in the south east over the past few days
The immediate past President of Nigeria, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, has reacted to the crisis in the south east region of the country.
In a statement put out on his Facebook page, Jonathan appealed for peace and restraint from all sides involved.
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He stated: “The reports I have received about recent developments in the country lead me to appeal to all men of good will to use whatever influence they have to push for peaceful coexistence and restraint on all sides.
“Perhaps it is time for the Council of State to intervene and offer its wise counsel.
“Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other. Even in the face of difficult circumstances, we must have faith that God in His infinite wisdom will guide us to finding a way out that is fair and just to all concerned.
“In as much as there may be a need to enforce order, there is a greater need to reinforce our humanity and treat Nigerian citizens humanely whether they be from the North or South.
“Nothing justifies the desecration and destruction of religious places of worship or a police station. But even more so, nothing justifies the endangering of human life.
“Let us exchange ideas instead of exchanging insults and threats. Nigeria is going through tough times because God wants us to grow through tough times.
“We must be resolute as a people even as we know that it is impossible to deny the brotherhood of all Nigerians after over a century of a shared commonwealth.”
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that amid growing tensions in the country, the United States Mission to Nigeria on Friday, September 15, called for end to violence in the country.
In a tweet, the US Mission to Nigeria said that it was joining well-meaning Nigerians to sue for peace, calling for an end to violence in the south east.
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