- Some elder statesmen discussed the future of Nigeria at a book launch
- They called on Nigerians to work towards the unity of the nation
- According to them, the current political scenario could destroy the country
Ahead of the 2019 general elections, some elder statesmen have called on Nigerians to practice peaceful politics and not let the country degenerate into division.
Vanguard reports that the elder statesmen met at a symposium and book launch on Nigeria’s third Inspector General of Police, Muhammadu Dikko Yusufu.
Those who spoke include the pioneer director general of the Nigeria Intelligence Agency and also the State Security Services, Chief Albert Horsefall; a first republic federal permanent secretary, Ahmed Joda; a former inspector general of police, Aliyu Attah; and Chief Ayo Opadokun.
They said that in spite of all the things going on in the country, the unity of the country was important.
Horsefall said: “Nigeria belongs to all of us and we must put our efforts together to make it great. Let me once again appeal to Nigerians that in spite of the politics and politicking going on, we must regard ourselves as one and we must not do anything to break this country.”
He further described Yusufu as one of the most detribalised Nigerians that he ever knew.
Joda who was chairman of the occasion said: “It was a tragedy to stop history in our schools. I hope that will not repeat itself.”
Attah recalled that Yusufu discharged his duty with integrity.
He said: “When MD Yusufu was there with us in Kaduna as the head of the special branch, there was nothing that happened that he didn’t know. In fact, it took him long to be able to convince the Sardauna that there was going to be a coup. How I wish we can continue in that tradition. That department is lacking today.”
Meanwhile, former federal commissioner of information and south south leader, Chief Edwin Clark, said that whoever Nigerians vote for as the next president in the forthcoming general elections must believe in restructuring.
Clark made the statement in an interview he granted Vanguard, in which he stated that the March 24 mega rally on restructuring, held in Bayelsa state, was successful.
Legit.ng notes that Clark stated that the suffering in the country would continue if the next president of the country does not believe in restructuring
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