By; BALA B. BITRUS, Minna
Former two-term Governor of Niger State and former Chairman, Northern States Governors’ Forum, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu has made a dispassionate appeal to all parties in the ongoing pogrom and senseless destruction of lives and property of citizens in parts of Shasha area of Ibadan, Oyo State, South West Nigeria to sheathe their weapons for God’s sake and in the overall interest of one Nigeria.
Dr. Babangida Aliyu who is the Talban Minna and Sardaunan Hausa, said in a statement issued by his media aide, that wars and conflicts were never a good thing for man and the human society.
Reacting to the stand up by some angry persons who have taken up weapons against themselves in the now troubled Shasha community and parts of the South West, the former governor appealed for good reasons to prevail over all the frayed nerves just as he sued for peaceful co-existence of all and sundry across the country, insisting that all of us are bounded by one common destiny as brothers and sisters, created by God to live within the geophysical expression called Nigeria.
The former governor of Niger state in the statement, stressed that Nigerians, wherever they are or choose to live within the country, must feel free and be protected as citizens as long as they live within the ambit of the laws of the country.
While condemning the violence in Ibadan in it’s entirety, Dr. Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu cautioned against the gradual build up and escalation of tension in other parts of the country as a result of some unguarded comments and reckless use of the social media platforms to heighten tension by some in mindless persons.
He called on traditional rulers, religious and community leaders to cash in on the situation in the country and drum on the messages of harmonious co-existence of all. He cautioned that it would be a disaster for leaders to keep mute in the face of ominous clouds of war and the ugly sounds of drum beats for disintegration.
Babangida Aliyu appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rise to challenge and check the country from drifting into anarchy even as he called on state governors across the country to ensure they protect all law abiding citizens and to promptly put in place mechanisms to arrest the scaling up of tension.
The former governor stressed that Nigerians of all callings must not allow the bad state of the country’s economy to push them into frustration and depression to the point of fighting ourselves. He expressed optimism that the present state of affairs in the country was a trial and would come to an end very soon.