- The former military leader says the bloodletting has become too much
- He urged Nigerians to show some respect to fallen members of Nigerian Armed Forces who gave their lives for the security of the nation
- He also urged politicians not to make matters worse by using the current security crisis to gain cheap political advantage
Ex-military head of state General Ibrahim Babangida (rtd.) on Sunday, January 14 urged Nigerians to put an end to communal clashes and resultant bloodshed because the country has witnessed too much bloodletting.
News Agency of Nigeria reports that, in a statement he made available to newsmen in Minna, Babangida urged Nigerians and governments at all levels to serve as national vanguards in resolving some recent disturbing incidents affecting national security.
The statement read in part: “It is customary to observe the Armed Forces Day on the 15th January every year to remember officers and men of the Nigerian Armed Forces who laid down their lives for the unity of our country.”
Babangida called on Nigerians to demonstrate appreciation of the courage of the gallant fallen heroes by appreciating their contribution and providing support for the welfare and upkeep of the families they left behind, especially their widows and children.
He added: “We should cooperate and support our security with relevant information and intelligence to help in tackling the problems.
“As people we should inculcate our cultural values that promote good conduct, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.
“We should eschew hate speeches, discrimination and other vices that trigger senseless violence and bloodshed.
“We have witnessed so much bloodshed through communal clashes and conflicts that need urgent actions to stop them now.
”As we enter the electioneering period, I urge our political office holders as well as politicians from all political parties to be conscious of their campaign slogans.
“For the members of the armed forces and security agencies, I urge them to remain apolitical, neutral and focus on the ethics of discipline which is the hallmark of their profession.
“In conclusion, I wish to once again express my condolence to the families of members of the Armed Forces who lost their lives in their effort to keep Nigeria secured in various military operations.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported earlier that Plateau state governor Solomon Lalong has apologised for his comments on the killings by suspected herdsmen in Benue state.
Lalong said his comments after visiting President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa on Thursday, January 11, were misinterpreted.
On Saturday, January 13, Lalong said: “I must say that I humbly apologise for my comments."
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