As the 2019 elections approaches, Nigerians have been urged by former president Olusegun Obasanjo to keep working for peace.
The former president in a statement by his special assistant (media), Kehinde Akinyemi, said national peace is very important in view of the growing insecurity in the country.
Speaking on Sunday, December 23, during the 2018 Christmas Carol and Service of Six Lessons organised by the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King (CCKG) situated inside the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, Obasanjo said if peace eludes Nigeria, the people should be blamed and not God, The Nation reports.
“If peace eludes us, it is not an act of God, but our making. That is why I am happy that our Bishop in his sermon also talked about peace. This is the appropriate time to talk about peace; this is the season of peace,” he stated. He expressed dismay over the growing insecurity in the country, saying the situation was not good enough.
“The situation is getting worrisome by the day. I was in Kaduna and I thought that the story would be different. The people there said insecurity, kidnapping and killings are happening,” the elder statesman said. The ex-president, however, expressed hope that 2019 will be a year of blessings for all and sundry in the country.
“It will be a year of blessings for each one, and particularly for Nigeria. When people come to me and say they are giving up on the country, I tell them no and that next year is a year of blessings for all. “With right statements and right actions, people will be trooping back into the country. We had it before; there is no reason not to have it again,”Obasanjo added. Also speaking, the Archbishop of Ogun Province, the African Church, Abeokuta Most Revd. S.O.B. Ojumu, urged Nigerians to embrace the spirit of peace during the festive period and as the general elections draw closer.
He commended Obasanjo for his contributions to peace-building globally.