A former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has pointed out that a change of attitude of Nigerians is the panacea for insurgency in Nigeria, and a lasting solution towards ensuring that Nigeria does not witness another large-scale blood shedding as experienced during the Civil War.
The former Head-of-State stated this on Monday at the American University of Nigeria (AUN), where he was a guest speaker. He described the shedding of blood in various parts of the country, especially the Boko Haram impasse and the militancy in the South-East, as lamentable and expressed the need for attitudinal change by Nigerians.
Gowon condemned the activities of militants in the oil-rich states of the Niger Delta, the killings of innocent Nigerians by Boko Haram in the northern part of the country as well as the kidnapping of expatriates and foreigners in both the South-East and South-South areas of the country.
According to him, Nigerians must accept the fact that the country had, since the civil war, remained an indivisible entity because of the high level of socio-cultural integration among Nigerians. He then urged the sponsors of Boko Haram to stop the perpetuation of such activities in the interest of the country, urging the youth in the northern part of the country and the entire nation to resist being used as tools of destruction and social dislocation at the expense of development.