Dr. Gabriel Suswam,
Aisha Wakaso in Minna
The Benue State governor, Dr. Gabriel Suswam, has appealed to Nigerian leaders to guard their statements if the country must achieve sustainable peace.
He added that the statements made by some political and religious leaders overheats the polity, thereby increasing the level of insecurity in the country.
Suswam who stated this yesterday in Minna, the Niger State capital, at the graduation ceremony and lecture of the Abdulsalami Abubakar Institute for Peace and Sustainable Development studies (AAIPSDS), which had as theme, Making Peace and Sustainable Development, said unguarded statements by leaders will not augur well for peaceful coexistence.
“Leaders should watch their statements to avoid increasing the problems we already have on our hands. It is unfortunate that some leaders who should be looking for ways to bring sustainable peace and development in the country are involved in making comments that will hinder peaceful coexistence in the country.
“I also appeal to all of us, political, traditional and religious leaders to make deliberate and conscious efforts to sustain the peace that our past leaders fought for, “ the Benue governor said.
He also called on journalists in the country to join hands in entrenching peace in the country by avoiding inflammatory statements that could incite the public and threaten the peace of the nation even when leaders make such statement.
He added that it is the responsibility of the media to control what goes out in order not to overheat the polity, saying this is a service journalists should render to the nation.
In a similar vein, former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, said it is absolutely necessary for everyone in the country to maintain sustainable peace, adding “Nigeria is one indivisible nation. It is our collective responsibility to bring peace to the nation.”
Bemoaning the continuous killings of innocent citizens in the country, Abdulsalami said, “The cycle of blood letting and killing of innocent people should no longer be tolerated or allowed to continue.”
He explained that dialogue is the most appropriate approach towards addressing the insecurity challenges in the country. “The government, people, security personnel and aggrieved parties should indulge in dialogue for the sake of our future. We must resolve through dialogue which will promote peace and security in the nation,” he said.