- An urgent call has been placed to former Nigerian leaders to help save the country from total collapse
- The call was made by Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba and Prof. Pat Utomi, both respected leaders in the country
- Also, Nigerians have been urged to join hands with well-meaning people to save the country from destruction
As insecurity continues to affect most Nigerian states, some leaders in the country have started making moves to steer things in the right direction.
The leaders include Alhaji Ghali Umar Na’Abba and Prof. Pat Utomi. They are making the moves through the National Consultative Front (NCFront) which they are co-chairing, The Guardian reports.
In their quest, they pleaded with former heads of state and presidents to “rescue Nigeria from imminent civil war”.
The group, in a statement read by one-time minister of state for defence (Navy), Dr. Olu Agunloye, said:
“We are calling on elder statesmen to, temporarily, halt their well-deserved rest, and take the task of saving Nigeria from complete destruction. In this regard, former presidents, heads of state, ex-service chiefs and so on would be co-opted into a National Elders Committee.”
Specifically, they requested General Yakubu Gowon (rtd) to call a “meeting of erstwhile presidents and heads of states and their deputies so that the serving president may call for an enlarged Council of State meeting, which will also include former military governors and state governors –both serving and retired. This will also be with the representation of the youths. The purpose is to correct the leadership structure failure in Nigeria.”
Going further, the group called on those involved in attacks against individuals, public facilities to stop their actions immediately.
“That the recent events in Nigeria resulting in very violent conflicts and killings have put the citizens of Nigeria in what can be called emotional lockdown, which invariably does not admit or allow any form of moderate views or moderation.”
Plots to unseat Buhari
The pro-Buhari group made the allegation in a statement signed by its chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and secretary, Cassidy Madueke, in Abuja.
Buhari’s supporters claimed that a former president whose name was not mentioned and some other conspirators are behind the plot. The group alleged that the conspirators under the guise of eminent persons planned to instigate an uprising to force the resignation of the president.
Also, the Nigeria First movement on Friday, May 21, alleged that there are well-orchestrated plans by some individuals to blackmail the immediate past chief of army staff Lieutenant General Tukur Buratai (retired) and other former service chiefs.
Speaking at a press conference attended by Legit.ng in Abuja, the secretary-general of the group, Richard Augustine said a grand plan is already in motion to belittle the personalities of the past service chiefs and their records while in office.
Augustine said Nigeria First is surprised that anyone in his or her right mind would harbour such a plot irrespective of the sacrifices made by the service chiefs during their tenure in office.