Published On: Sun, Jan 14th, 2018

Stop The Bloodletting Now, Babangida Tells FG

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By Sadiq Umar – Former Military President, Ibrahim Babangida has called on the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government to take urgent action towards ending the bloodletting arising communal clashes and conflicts in the country.

Babangida said Nigeria has witnessed enough of bloodletting, most especially in recent times, calling on the government to stop the flow ‘Now’

The former military dictator said it is high time Nigerians began inculcating the cultural value for which Nigeria is known as such values, according to him, promote good conduct, tolerance and peaceful coexistence.

Babangida’s charges is contained in his message to this year’s Armed Forces Remembrance Day in Minna, Niger state capital.

“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,” he charged.

Adding that, “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.

“Let me use this opportunity to call on Nigerians to demonstrate our appreciation of the courage of these gallants fallen heroes by appreciating their contribution and providing supports for the welfare and upkeep of the families they left behind, especially their widows and children.

“At this period where our nation is faced with myriads of challenges of terrorism, communal clashes, kidnapping, cultism and gangsterism among other criminalities, we should cooperate and support our security with relevant information and intelligence to help in tackling the problems.

“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 and messages by ensuring that they are geared towards peaceful participation and constructive engagements of the electorates.

“I must also call on governments at all levels, religious leaders, traditional rulers, social activists and the media to serve as national vanguards in resolving some of the recent disturbing incidents affecting our national security.

“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. May their gentle souls rest in perfect peace,” Babangida added.

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