Former Head of State, retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has advised Nigerians and all registered political parties to promote peace as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections.
He gave the advice when he received a delegation of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA), who paid him a visit in his Abuja home on Saturday.
The former head of state said peace was paramount, saying: “If there is no peace, there is no nation; if there is no peace, there won’t be any politicking.
“So, it is absolutely necessary for each and everyone of us to put hands on deck to ensure that there is peace in the country.
“All these senseless killings, senseless criminality that is going on won’t serve any purpose. Please, let’s join hands and make sure that we give peace a chance.’’
Abubakar maintained that once citizens make peace, they can always solve their problems.
On his advice to government towards solving the problem of killings in the country, he told newsmen that everyone had a role to play in addressing the issue of insecurity.
“I wonder at people when they start asking these questions. You, I and every Nigerian have a role to play to bring peace to this country.
“Government is not only in the Villa, we are. Everybody being represented is part and parcel of this government.
“These criminals, are they Nigerians or they are foreigners? If they are foreigners, have we reported that they are coming into the country? Are we giving intelligence?
“And if they are Nigerians, are they not our brothers and sisters? Don’t we know them? Have we exposed them? So each and every one of us has a role to play.’’
A member of the NLSA and former Minister of Women Affairs, Hajiya Inna Ciroma, said the delegation’s visit to former presidents and heads of state of Northern extraction was to seek their support and blessings.
Ciroma disclosed that Abdusalami had agreed to be one of the group’s patrons.
“All the leaders that we have visited have advised that all the Northern groups must unite. There is no need to have different northern groups.
“They have all asked that we unite and ensure that all the groups are united,” she said.