Ab­dul­salami sues for peace

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Vic­tor Edozie, Port Har­court From Eu­gene Agha, La­gos

For­mer mil­i­tary head of state, Ab­dul­salami Abubakar, has called on Nige­ri­ans to em­brace one an­other and work to­wards achiev­ing last­ing peace in the coun­try.

Abubakar, who spoke yes­ter­day in Port Har­court at the 2014 World Book Cap­i­tal, said noth­ing mean­ing­ful would be achieved in a coun­try where there is no peace.

“Rivers State did well by win­ning this project. I want to con­grat­u­late the pres­i­dent on be­half of Nige­ri­ans and again to thank the gover­nor of Rivers State and the founder of Rain­bow Club for a job well done. Again I want to re­it­er­ate the need for mu­tual peace in this coun­try be­cause as I keep say­ing, with­out peace there will be no coun­try. With­out peace, we can­not ex­ist. We should em­brace peace,” he said.

Ear­lier, Rivers State Gover­nor Chibuike Amaechi called on federal govern­ment to em­brace agri­cul­ture and ed­u­ca­tion as a panacea to stop Boko Haram in­sur­gency and re­store peace in the North.

He said if the teem­ing youths that were in­volved in Boko Haram ac­tiv­i­ties were The Com­mis­sioner of Po­lice in La­gos State, Umar Manko, yes­ter­day dis­pelled ru­mour that the Di­vi­sional Po­lice Of­fi­cer (DPO) Onikan, La­gos, Adekunle Awe, who al­legedly raped sent to school or en­gaged in agri­cul­tural ac­tiv­i­ties, the coun­try would have been safer.

“The so­lu­tion to Boko Haram is in ed­u­ca­tion and agri­cul­ture. When the youths are en­gaged in mean­ing­ful em­ploy­ment they will not have the time to en­gage in crim­i­nal ac­tiv­i­ties. When we came on board, we dis­cov­ered that a lot of people in­volved in mil­i­tant ac­tiv­i­ties were crim­i­nals who were do­ing what they were do­ing to fend for their par­ents. But we were able to stop that and re­store peace in the re­gion,” he said. a fe­male sus­pect in his cell, has been re­leased.

Manko, while ad­dress­ing news­men, also de­nied re­port of se­rial rob­bery op­er­a­tions in the state last Satur­day.

He added that the DPO was still in the cell of Area ‘F’ po­lice com­mand, Ikeja, La­gos, adding that the In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice has set up a panel to in­ves­ti­gate the mat­ter.

“The DPO is still in our de­ten­tion. He is in a cell at Area ‘F’, as I am speak­ing to you now. It is not pos­si­ble to re­lease a man with an al­le­ga­tion of rape,” he said.

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From left: Gover­nor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers, for­mer Head of State re­tired Gen. Ab­dul­salami Abubakar and Project Di­rec­tor, Port Har­court World Book Cap­i­tal 2014, Mrs Koko Kalango, at the ‘World Book Cap­i­tal’ in Port Har­court yes­ter­day.

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