Chris Steven, Abuja
Nigerians have been told to close ranks and tackle the challenges currently threatening the peace, unity and stability of the nation.
Concerned Professionals’ Congress (CPC) gave this advise on Monday in Abuja saying only genuine, patriotic and well-meaning Nigerians can save the nation at this critical moment.
Coordinator of the group, Tukur Musa Tilde and the Chief Media Strategist, Emeka Nwapa, who jointly addressed the media said that if there was any time all Nigerians across board need to close ranks and collectively confront certain life-threatening issues affecting the nation, that time is now.
The group, after its extraordinary emergency meeting noted that the time has come for all patriotic citizens in the country to begin to spread the message of peace, close ranks, work for peace, pray and commit themselves to the cause of the unity and stability of the nation.
They listed the nation’s current challenges as economic meltdown, cash crunch arising from macro/micro-fiscal reforms, general low purchasing power arising from declining crude oil sales worsened by oil and gas pipeline vandalism in the Niger Delta resulting in 1,500 megawatts drop in power generation, abductions, kidnappings, inter-community clashes and lately, an upsurge in the marauding killer herdsmen saga that has taken many lives.
“The list appears endless but the situation has not diminished our faith in the unity, indivisibility and indissolubility of this nation. It has not eroded our trust in the ability of this nation to emerge as a potential world super power. We are fully convinced about this just as we suspect too that there are forces that don’t want this country to attain its rightful place in destiny.
“This is why we urge fellow Nigerians to tarry a while for proper interrogation and introspection. How come these issues are becoming dominant now especially after we are seeing the back of Boko Haram, thanks to our gallant and courageous military? These posers are critical and germane.
“The answer is simple: Nigeria is at the threshold of a new dawn, we are on the verge of making history as a nation and as a people that can defy all odds to build a great nation for themselves. Let us therefore turn our seeming adversity into advantage”, Tukur Musa Tilde said.
On the killer herdsmen challenge, he expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent clear directives to the Armed Forces and other security agencies to decisively deal with the menace will significantly unravel the brains and rationale behind the criminal acts, pointing out that Nigerians should avoid unnecessary politics that prolonged the battle against Boko Haram.
“This is purely a security issue that has no place for politics whatsoever. We must all close ranks, build a national consensus around these challenges and confront them decisively with one mind and one voice, as one people, one nation and one destiny. This is the way big nations that we see today evolved,” he said.
He also hailed the Chief of Defence Staff, General Abayomi Gabriel Olonisakin and his team for quickly raising the Defence Headquarters Committee on the persistent crisis between herdsmen and farmers, which it noted had already visited attacked communities in Benue State and other affected places with a view to contributing to efforts at re-building the ravaged territories and forestalling further recurrence.