Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other- GEJ reacts to recent acts of violence in the South East

Below is what he wrote on his Facebook page…

“The reports I have received about recent developments in the country lead me to appeal to all men of good will to use whatever influence they have to push for peaceful coexistence and restraint on all sides. Perhaps it is time for the Council of State to intervene and offer its wise counsel. Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other. Even in the face of difficult circumstances, we must have faith that God in His infinite wisdom will guide us to finding a way out that is fair and just to all concerned. In as much as there may be a need to enforce order, there is a greater need to reinforce our humanity and treat Nigerian citizens humanely whether they be from the North or South. Nothing justifies the desecration and destruction of religious places of worship or a police station. But even more so, nothing justifies the endangering of human life. Let us exchange ideas instead of exchanging insults and threats. Nigeria is going through tough times because God wants us to grow through tough times. We must be resolute as a people even as we know that it is impossible to deny the brotherhood of all Nigerians after over a century of a shared commonwealth. GEJ”.

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  • I am in total support of all the comments and wise council the former president said
    we must learn from difficult time and achieve greatness from it
    let others president pass and present come together as one irrespective of whatever has and had happened to solve the problem of this great country
    north.south. east and west we are all brothers and sisters

  • the former president ended by saying that we have enjoyed a commonwealth for over a century, the truth is that we have endured that commonwealth and not enjoyed it. we have never been sincere to ourselves, and that’s the problem we still face till today. Even though I am not offering a breakup, the fact that we are compressed together in a nation where one people count themselves more qualified to rule than others, and sees rulership as a natural born right as against the others, cannot be overlooked forever. And until all men from all regions are seen as equal before the polling unit, revolts will definitely continue. Even Jonathan cannot deny taste of bitterness against him by the superior region of this country when he attempted to come for a second tenure. until we stop pretending as if all is well, we may never experience peace. True peace and development can only come when all Nigerians agree to the reality of what is at stake, rise against their bigoteries and begin to adjust themselves to embrace one another irrespective of tribe and religion. There’s hate under our feigned love, whether or not we utter hatespeach, there’s marginalization in appointments and governance, whether or not the constitution says we are equal, just as there is diversity beneath our feigned unity. This truth I have spoken is bitter, but the neglect of it is the cause of our ligering problems.

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