A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has urged the present administration to redouble its efforts at ending the mindless killings and mayhem across the country.
The radical Islamist sect, Boko Haram has continued to kill and maim innocent Nigerians in the Northeastern part of the country.
Gowon, who spoke at the National Youth Peace Concert held at the Eagle Square, Abuja on Saturday, also challenged the insurgents to come out and defend their acts of taking up arms against Nigeria.
He urged Nigerians to support government by providing useful information that will aid security forces in their fight against the insurgents.
Information Nigeria reports that the concert was organized by the Office of the First Lady and office of the Special Adviser to the President on Youth and Students Matters.
He said: “I call on the Federal Government, using the various security agencies to vigorously work at ending the orgy of mindless killings and mayhem across the country. But the people can also help by making sure that they give intelligence of information of where these people are coming from.
“Are they Nigerians that are doing these? If they are Nigerians, I challenge them to come out and defend their acts against their motherland”.
Calling on African leaders to rise to the occasion and put an end to the crisis ravaging different parts of the continent, Gowon said: “May I also use this medium to call on our leaders, not only in Nigeria but across Africa, to exercise the critical responsibility of leadership and rise up to the challenge of providing solution to these problems through education, employment, youth development and empowerment.
“These actions will help to stem the tendency towards violent conflicts in some parts of the country”, he added
The former Head of State, who was the special guest of honour at the event, also commiserated with the families of the dead and wounded students in the recent Boko Haram attacks in Federal Government College, Buni-Yadi in Yobe State, even as he condemned other similar attacks elsewhere.
“You must reject acts of violence of any sort. But you must embrace and build trust and confidence among one another for the eternal good of your respective countries band your continent”, he told the youths at the occasion.