Former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has warned that Nigeria may disintegrate if we do not remain calm and united in the face of challenges.
Gen. Abubakar called on State Governors to take full responsibility for managing the divergent voices and frustration in their respective states that could propel disunity, anarchy and disintegration.
He vehemently condemned the recent ethnic clashes in parts of the country.
“As if the continued insurgency in the country, the kidnapping and armed robbery is not cup full, the recent happenings in some part of the country of ethnic attacks are unfortunate and adding to the problems,” he stated while speaking to journalists on Tuesday at his residence in Minna, Niger State.
He noted that Nigerians need to unity together to overcome the current challenges.
“In the last two weeks or so, tension has been growing in the country and embers of disunity, anarchy and disintegration are spreading fast; and if care is not taken, this might lead us to a point of no return.
“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.
“These times demand that we all join hands to resolve our challenges so as to keep our country united. We do not have the luxury of trading blames.
“Thousands of our people are homeless and refugees across the length and breadth of their own country.
“We know the difficulties that our farmers have faced in the last few years and that harvesting will be a serious challenge this year. Therefore, let us all rally together in these hard times, make the required sacrifices and remain vigilant by standing by one another.”
The former Head of State further appealed to governors to tone down their rhetoric and take full responsibility for managing the divergent voices in their states.
“They should tone down their rhetoric and take full responsibility for managing the divergent voices and frustration within their states.
“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.”
For the new service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police, he urged them to rise up to the urgent demand of the moment.
“You need to rally your troops and design the best strategy for ending this tragic war that has continued to consume and destroy the foundation of our dear country.”
“We hope that based on their field experience in this war, they can draw up a well coordinated programme to ensure that all our resources are deployed to achieve the much needed victory in this avoidable war,” he added.
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