Former Head of State, Abdulsalami Abubakar says ethnic attacks are worsening Nigeria’s security challenges already heightened by kidnapping, armed robbery and terrorism.
The former Nigerian leader said Nigerians must therefore come together to douse tension before it caused anarchy and disintegration.
The Chairman of the National Peace Committee (NPC) stated this in an interaction with journalists in Minna, Niger State on Tuesday.
“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,” Abdulsalami said.
Abdulsalami further urged state governors to tone down the “rhetoric” and accept responsibility for managing diverse views and frustration in their states.
He equally appealed to the new service chiefs and the Inspector-General of Police 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”.