- The federal government says peace is sacrosanct in Nigeria amid disagreements via various groups
- A statement from the federal ministry of interior warned that the government won't tolerate any act capable of breaching the peace
- The statement also called for dialogue by various groups, stressing that they should work together to achieve unity
The federal government has called on Nigerians to put unity and peace above all, especially in light of the simmering tension in Ondo and some parts of Oyo state.
The call was contained in a statement released by the ministry of interior on Tuesday, January 26 and seen by Legit.ng.
The statement implored all citizens in the country to exercise restraint and pursue active efforts on how to use the tools of constructive dialogue, good neighborliness, and the primacy of peace-building as ways of dousing anger and resentment that can only lead to anarchy.
The statement further noted that the minister of interior, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola made the call in a speech titled: A TIME TO PUT UNITY AND PEACE ABOVE ALL.
“The regrettable incidences of heightening ethnic and religious tension in our country are, in part, outcomes of political and economic strains that have persistently defined our land and continue to exacerbate security challenges, making the task of development more traumatic.
“Government is keenly aware and genuinely concerned about these complications that, sadly, have been sharpened by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic through the growth of anxieties about issues, life and livelihood in our communities.”
He emphasized that government would not tolerate any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order as well as security of lives and property in any part of the country.
“There will be no tolerance for any act or behaviour capable of jeopardising law and order and security of lives and property in any part of Nigeria.”
He, therefore, called on all the citizens in the country to continue to work together as brothers and sisters towards building a peaceful community that will be beneficial to all, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, and other forms of differences.
Meanwhile, a former minister of youth and sports, Barrister Solomon Dalung has said that the All Progressive Congress (APC)-led federal government has failed on its promises to address the remnant insecurity challenges in the country, particularly in northern Nigeria.
Dalung who served as a minister during the first tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari said one of the major promises of the party was to address the problem of insecurity which he said the APC has failed to deliver.
In a related development, some northern elders have said the region is under the siege of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, asking President Buhari to restore peace to their domain.
The elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development expressed their concerns in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by the group's national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni.
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