The Chairman of the committee National Peace Committee and former head of state Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar has said the growing ethnic crisis could lead Nigeria to a point of no return.
Speaking to newsmen at his Hilltop residence in Minna, Abdulsalam said the growing ethnic crisis is adding to the problems of insurgency, kidnapping and robbery already rocking the country.
He said: “We appeal to the citizens of our dear country who have borne so much pains and suffering to remain resilient and patient.
“Thousands of our people are homeless and refugees across the length and breath of their own country. We know what farmers have faced in the last few years and the harvests will be a serious challenge this year.
“Therefore, let us all rally together in these hard times, make the required sacrifices and remain vigilant, standing by one another.”
He called on state governors who are the chief security officers of the various states to sheath their swords.
The former military ruler urged governors to take full responsibility for managing the divergent voices and frustrations within their states.
He said, “It is true that we are all in a state of fear and collective anxiety. However, the last thing we need is for the enemy to sense a lack of unity on our part or a break in our ranks.
“We appeal to the new service chiefs and IGP to rise to the urgent demands of the moment by rallying their troops and designing the best strategy for ending the tragic war that has continued to consumed and destroy the foundations of our dear country.
“We hope that based on their field experiences in the war, they can draw up a well-coordinated programme to ensure that all our resources are deployed to achieve the much-needed victory in this avoidable war.”