Nigeria’s former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has sent an important message to Nigerians.
The former head of state while speaking on Sunday in Jos, the Plateau State capital, called on on Nigerians not to write off the country, but be patriotic and pray against the problems confronting her.
General Gowon also stated that there was no need for misunderstanding between the Christians and Muslims in the country because Nigeria is blessed hence needs a peaceful atmosphere to fully utilize its potentials.
The former head of state that was on courtesy visit to the Region 8 Headquarters of the Redeemed Christians Church of God in Jos, said Nigeria is a blessed country loved by God, adding that the hand of God is on this nation, which is the reason why we are able to overcome a myriad of crises that bedeviled the country in the past.
“Every Nigerian, therefore, needs to pray because if there is peace between Christians and Muslims and peace among family members, Nigeria will definitely be a great country all of us will be proud of. It is necessary for every Nigerian to embrace peace,” Gowon said. “In the western part of this country, there is an understanding between Christians and Muslims, they are able to live together in peace and harmony, this is what I want Nigerians to emulate, so that we can achieve peace across the land.”
The former head of state further urged Nigerians to have mutual respect for the traditional religion so that the country can have peace to develop.
Gowon also tasked the church to give the youth the opportunity to grow in wisdom and character.
Gowon, who was the head of state of Nigeria from 1966 to 1975, took over power after a military coup d’état, but was overthrown in another. It was under his leadership that the Nigerian government repelled the Biafran secession during the 1967–1970 Nigerian Civil War. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday.
Meanwhile, the former head of state has been making several peaceful calls lately, as it would be recalled that on October 23, 2014, Gowon also called on Nigerians to “Go On With One Nigeria”, while delivering the 13th convocation lecture in honor of the NDA Golden Jubilee organized at the NDA permanent site, Kaduna.
Deploying Soldiers Not The Answer, Buhari Should Address Nigerians – Afe Babalola
Legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Afe Babalola, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address Nigerians over the violence that has erupted in the country following the #EndSARS protests.
He made the call on Wednesday in reaction to the recent happenings across the country following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos.
“Protests against the Special Anti-Robbery Squad, otherwise known as SARS or FSARS, have spread to all parts of Nigeria and beyond.
“The deployment of soldiers to the streets is not the answer. The imposition of curfews is certainly not the answer,” Babalola said in a statement.
He said that he had before now appealed to President Buhari to please address the issue at that time.
“I now again plead with him to address the root causes of the pain which the youths are complaining about,” he said.
“The use of live bullets and other lethal weapons against protesting youths is not the answer. The killing of protesting youths is also not the answer.
“A protest both in fact and in law is analogous to a message which an injured toe sends to the brain complaining about unbearable pain,” said Babalola in his reaction to the shooting of the protesters.
He added, “The response by the brain and the head is normally to take steps to treat the pain to the toe.
“Any injured person who refuses to take steps to treat pains to any part of the body does so at his own peril.”
You’re a total idiot – 2Face and Blackface clash again
Nigerian music star, Innocent Idibia a.k.a 2face has slammed his former bandmate, Blackface for saying he never spoke up during the PDP administration.
This came after 2Face called for a total shutdown of activities in Nigeria iin support of the widespread #EndSARS protest.
However reacting to this, Blackface took a swipe at 2Face who according to him never spoke up during the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) administration even though things were allegedly worse then.
Firing back at him, 2Face described his former bandmate as an “idiot”.
See the exchange that ensued below;
Oke Wasn’t Killed By Stray Bullet -Deceased’s Brother
Younger brother to the promising lad who died barely 3 hours after he tweeted, Daniel Obi-Enadhuze has broken silence to share how his brother was killed by thugs and not stray bullet from the Police.
AKpraise gathered that the deceased, Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze tweeted around 1:54pm saying ‘Nigeria will not end me’ was allegedly shot by the Nigerian Police.
According to Daniel, his brother was neither hit by a stray bullet nor a deliberate bullet.
He mentioned that his brother was stabbed by thugs who came to invade their home at the Makinde police barracks, Mafoluku, Oshodi, where he lives with his brother, Oke and their mother.
Sharing the sad ordeal on Twitter, Daniel wrote;
“Good day, My name is Obi-Enadhuze Daniel younger brother of the now deceased Okechukwu Obi-Enadhuze
I, my brother and mother lived at makinde police barracks, mafoluku, Oshodi, Lagos State. Today at about 11 o’clock in the morning.”
The police station at makinde was attacked by thugs who wanted to destroy the station, I my mom and brother were holed up in our house, The attack went on for hours before the thugs eventually breached the police and proceeded to set the station on fire, after accomplishing.”
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