Soni Daniel, Northern Region Editor
The National Peace Committee headed by former Head of State, Gen. AbdulSalam Abubakar, has chided promoters of division and hate speeches for trying to cause apprehension and trouble in the land.
The committee, which is domiciled under the Matthew Hassan Kukuah Centre, made its position public in a statement released in Abuja on Tuesday by its Secretary, Dr. Authur-Martins Aginam.
The committee strongly condemned the rising spate of tensions and agitation for the breakup of Nigeria and warned that it was not in the interest of the country and its people.
It noted in particular that politicians who had failed woefully in delivering service to their citizens had found common ground with promoters of divisions and hate speech to fan the embers of disintegration.
The committee in a joint statement by Gen. AbdulSalam Abubakar, who is the National Chairman and Bishop Matthew Kukah, the Convener of the group, however commended the Acting President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, for the prompt steps he had taken to douse tension in the country.
But it noted that the manifestation of rising discontent among the populace was an indication that there was bad governance in Nigeria today.
The committee said, “In this regard, the National Peace Committee acknowledges that the drums of rising division also reflect the perceptions by our citizens that there is poor governance in Nigeria today.
“Politicians who have failed in delivering on the mandate of the electorate for better livelihoods and neighbourhoods have, instead, found common cause with advocates of division and hate.
“In many parts of the country, young people who have been left without means of livelihood or hope in their future have become converts to radicalisation preached by demagogues in various guises including ethnicity and religion.
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