- Yakubu Gowon has called for prayers as Nigeria battles insecurity
- The former head of state urged Christians to pray for President Buhari in order to avert division
- According to Gowon, there are people who do no want peace in the country
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Amid the issues of insecurity, Nigeria's former head of state, General Yakubu Gowon (retd), has expressed fear that that the country may be disintegrated, The Nation reports.
Speaking at a thanksgiving service and reception organised by the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) on Thursday, July 30, the former head of state called for prayers for President Muhammadu Buhari.
Gowon, who was represented by Senator George Akume, the minister of special duties and inter-governmental affairs, appealed to CAN to continue to pray for the president so that Nigeria will not go asunder.
According to Gowon, there are some people with sinister motives who do not want peace to reign in Nigeria.
Though he acknowledged that the Nigerian leader was doing a lot, he, however, noted that issues of security were still obvious.
“I know President Muhammadu Buhari is doing a lot, but the challenges are still there. There are people with sinister motives, who wouldn’t want peace. I appeal to CAN to continue to pray, not only for Yakubu Pam, but for the President and all of us and for your dear country, so that Nigeria will not go asunder.
”A scholar said that we are structurally complex and diverse. If our territorial integrity is undermined, Somalia will be a child’s play. We don’t have to toil with our unity…. We need to reestablish peace, push forward our agenda for our territorial integrity. We need to support the President. We can take our country to the next level because we have the human and material resources to do so,” he said.
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Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Solomon Dalung, former minister of sports, has scored the administration of President Buhari zero and branded it the worst in Nigeria's history on security following the spate of killings in the northwest region.
The former minister spoke on the heel of the unfortunate and ceaseless bandit and Boko Haram attacks on vulnerable communities in Kaduna, Borno, Zamfara which have lately extended to some villages in Kaduna.
Dalung, who served under Buhari as a minister between 2015 and 2019, said this current administration lacks the will to overpower the menace of insurgents, adding that "killings in the north are so bad now that chickens are better off than humans."
In a related development, a former senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani, has declared that the repeated killings in southern Kaduna are acts of terrorism.
Many people have been killed in communities in Kaura, Zangon-Kataf, Kauru and Kajuru local government areas of the state. Sani who disclosed this in a statement on Saturday, July 25, said the killings are acts of terrorism and should be treated as such.
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