Minna – Former Military President, Gen Ibrahim Babangida, on Thursday enjoined Nigerians to join hands with the government at all levels in tackling the security challenges facing the country.
Babangida stated this in a chat with newsmen at his residence in Minna.
The former president said “every Nigerian has a role to play in tackling the security challenges facing us as a nation.“
He said this was because “the government could not possibly tackle such problem alone.”
Babangida said the problem could be tackled if we all come together.
“If we all come together, the elite, the media, the ordinary people and the government by taking a common stand just as the people of Azare in Bauchi did to tackle their security challenges.
He said the nation must trace the root of the problem.
“ The problem did not start in one day … it was gradual thing before it came to this level … owing to our negligence by the government, the elite and the people but I cannot blame anyone..
“Some 20 years ago, we did not have this problem, what was the state of things then, what have we forgotten …that we have not done that led to the present challenges, this we have look at.
“It is something that everyone has a hand in solving …to ensure peace stability in the country, therefore we should not leave this to government alone“, Babangida said.
On the amnesty for Boko Haram sect, he expressed the believe “that it is part of measure at ensuring that peace stability was returned to the Northern region”.
He also promised to speak further on the issue, after the committee had been inaugurated by the Federal Government.
“I do not know the terms of reference of the committee, therefore, I cannot speak about the plan, until the terms of reference had bad been released before commenting on the amnesty plan,” Babangida said. (NAN)
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