Former Nigerian Military Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar, has warned that Nigeria could disintegrate if the violence and other security challenges currently witnessed in many parts of the country are not curtailed.
Abubakar while speaking with journalists on Wednesday at his home in Minna, the Niger State capital, said that the recent spread of violence across the country, if not carefully handled, might lead Nigeria to a point of no return.
He called on all Nigerians, especially the governors of the 36 states of the federation, “to take full responsibility in managing the divergent voices and frustrations within their states which he said could fuel disunity, anarchy and disintegration”. He urged the governors to be united and respect individual views.
The former military leader, who is also the Chairman of the National Peace Committee stated that, “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 because 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.
“As if the continued insurgency in the country, the kidnap and armed robberies are not cup full, the recent happenings in some parts of the country, of ethnic attacks, is unfortunate and is adding to the problems.”
‘’Therefore, let us all rally in these hard times, make the required sacrifices and remain vigilant, standing by one another.’’
Last week, several people reportedly died in a clash between Hausa and Yoruba groups in Oyo state.
The crisis was triggered by an alleged stabbing of a Yoruba cobbler by a Hausa cart pusher in Shasha market, Ibadan.