General Abdulsalami Abubakar has expressed serious concern over the rising tension in Nigeria. According to him, there is anger in the land and it must be tackled urgently by the government and individuals.
“There is anger in the land and voices of reason are drowning very rapidly. It is clear that the situation requires that we all live up to the expectations of a nation that puts so much value on elders,” the former Head of State said while speaking on Monday at a roundtable discussion on security challenges.
The meeting was organized by the General Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution in Minna, Niger State.
Naija Buzz News had reported how the Southern and Middle Belt Leaders shunned the meeting because the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Association was also invited too.
According to the southern and middle belt leaders, they would not sit down to discuss on the same table with those who kills their men and rapes their women.
The meeting however apparently went ahead without their presence. The south and middle belt claim to be the major victim in the armed Fulani herdsmen banditry.
Speaking further, Gen. Abdulsalami said; “we are all here as Nigerians who share responsibility for the state of our nation. Therefore, if any forum can help in the accurate identification of the problems and solutions to a peaceful and united Nigeria, let us be counted among such a forum.
“This roundtable discussion is not a mini-national conference or a forum to review the constitution, neither will it be fixated on those issues that feed the prevailing tensions. These are matters that will doubtless appear in our discussions, but they should not be allowed to distract from the key goals of the roundtable discussion,” he added.
Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, a former Minister of Foreign Affairs, is the Chairman of the Peace/Security meeting.
The professor noted that there has never been a military solution to conflict. According to him, only dialogue could resolve conflicts.
He further urged those calling for the disintegration of the country to have a second thought.
Jonathan Dennis is an Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He oversees the production and publication of stories on NaijaBuzz.News and on Naija Buzz News TV. The former banker left his banking job to join Naija Buzz News in 2019. He was briefly the head of the “Wetin Dey Happen” news team. Jonathan is a proud ‘Akwa-Ibomite’ from Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria.