Abdulsalami sues for peace
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.
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.