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Saraki speaks on crisis in Plateau, southeast, sues for peace

by 16/09/2017 13:15:00 0 comments 1 Views

- Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has urged all Nigerians to maintain peace in their domain

- Saraki also urged Nigerians to refrain from making inflammatory statements that could worsen the already volatile situation

- He promised that the Senate would look into all contentious issues in the polity once it resumes sitting

Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki has sued for peace following the recent crisis in Plateau state and the southeast region.

In a statement sent to by his media office, Saraki urged Nigerians to statements or actions that can threaten the peace of the nation.

He advised Nigerians to remain calm and not do anything that would aggravate the tension in some parts of the country.

The Senate President noted that “the tension in some parts of the country has its roots substantially in the economic situation.”

Saraki calls for caution on tension in Plateau, southeast region

Saraki urged all Nigerians to live in peace and avoid inflammatory statements. Photo credit: Nigerian Senate

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He however assured Nigerians that some legislative and executive actions are being taken to address the economic problems of the nation.

“That is why we recently witnessed the rebound of the economy and the exit of the country from recession,” the Senate President added.

He appealed to Nigerians to avoid stoking ethnic or religious fires, stressing that Nigerians should not deepen the fault lines of the nation and place citizens in danger of violence and sustained crises.

He noted that the government requires the support of all Nigerians and and urged everyone to give peace a chance.

“No real development or genuine economic activity can take place in the midst of crisis or tension. Investments and development thrive only where there is peace.

“It is my advice to all our leaders of thought - political, traditional, religious and business- to make statements and take actions that will douse the tension and reassure the people that the best way is for us to live together in peace, harmony and co-operation. All leaders at this point must canvass support for government and preach peace, love and harmony.

“The Senate leadership will soon meet with security chiefs and we will work for the promotion of dialogue as well as peaceful resolution of all contentious issues. Once again, I plead with our people to avoid taking laws into their hands or antagonizing our neighbours,” Saraki said.

Meanwhile, a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the ongoing military show of force in the southeast region of the country, is capable of putting the country on fire if not checked.

Comrade Frank's position was made known in a statement he sent to on Thursday, September 14.

He stated that the current approach of the military in the region needed to be checked, even as he called on President Muhammadu Buhari to consider the political implications of unleashing the military on an entire region.

READ ALSO: We shall not tolerate any attack by any group on other Nigerians - Governor Wike warns IPOB

Watch Vice President Yemi Osinbajo lecture Nigerians on the need to live in peace always on TV:

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