A former military head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar, on Thursday said that equity and justice will end the ongoing agitations for secession from various sections of the country.
Abubakar spoke on Thursday during a chat with newsmen ahead of Nigeria’s 61st Independence Anniversary in Minna, the Niger state capital.
He urged Nigerians to be patriotic and disciplined in confronting the current challenges facing the country.
According to the former head of state, for the country to attain greatness, all citizens must work together and contribute their own quota in ensuring good democratic governance.
He said Nigerians must be carried along through the implementation of people-oriented policies and programmes in all parts of the country.
He said, “For Nigeria to attain greatness, we must become a disciplined society, respect and obey the constitution. Every Nigerian is expected to do their best by tolerating one another irrespective of tribe religious, ethnic, and political affiliations.
“Nigerians must desist from sabotage and assist the government in its efforts to improve the well-being of the governed.”
He also called on governments at all levels to provide infrastructure, adequate power supply and assist farmers with farm inputs in order to make life easier for the people.
“Nigerians must assist the security personnel with credible information that will enable them to arrest criminal elements living among us so that the security agencies can arrest and deal with them decisively.
“We must imbibe the culture of providing intelligence information to security personnel deployed across the country in the ongoing fight against banditry, kidnapping and other criminal activities”, Gen. Abubakar said.
Abubakar urged Nigerians to be alive to their responsibilities by supporting government policies and programmes, especially security.
He said that it was only by reporting suspicious activities and criminals that the present administration can deal with the present economic and security challenges.
The former head of state also called on Nigerians to learn to live in peace with one another irrespective of tribe, religious, ethnic and political differences for the overall development of the country.
He said that Nigeria has evolved through a long history that began as a region, expanding to additional regions up to the current 36 states and the FCT.
He also appealed to the Nigerian media to be objective in their reportage of happenings in the country for peace, progress and political stability