- A former Nigerian head, Abdulsalami Abubakar, is unhappy about the growing tensions in the country
- The ex-military general is concerned that the situation could worsen
- Abubakar explained why Nigerians should pursue peaceful co-existence
Abdulsalami Abubakar, a former Nigerian head, has urge citizens to shun divisive tendencies which can escalate the tension in the country.
The ex-military general made the statement on Tuesday, February 16, in an address to journalists at his residence in Minna, Niger state.
According to The Nation, Abdulsalami expressed concerns over the growing tension in the country.
He said urgent actions need to be taken to deescalate the atmosphere of disunity, anarchy, and disintegration.
The former head of state said Nigerians should not allow enemies of the country to exploit their fears and collective anxieties in causing a crisis.
“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.
“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.''
Abdulsalami urged every Nigerian to make efforts at keeping the country united.
He advised the new service chiefs and the inspector-general of police to come up with the best strategies to end the insecurity in the country.
Meanwhile, in what seems like a spirited effort to end senseless killings and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians in some parts of the country, a delegation of the federal government and the newly appointed service chiefs have met with northern governors.
Speaking at the meeting, the Chief of Defence Staff, General Lucky Irabor, said the meeting was to intimate the governors and other leaders that the security situation in the northeast is of great concern to the federal government.
Kess Ewubare is a senior political/current affairs correspondent at Legit.ng. He has both a BSc and a Master’s degree in mass communication. He has over 10 years of experience in working in several fields of mass communication including radio, TV, newspaper, and online. For Kess, journalism is more than a career, it is a beautiful way of life.