Just a few hours after President
Muhammadu Buhari left for the United States of America, US, Senate
President, Bukola Saraki, has summoned all Security Chiefs.
Saraki said that the emergency meeting,
expected to hold shortly, would address the tension in the South-East
and the skirmishes in Plateau.
In the statement by his Special Adviser
on Media and Publicity, Yusuph Olaniyonu, the Senate President said that
the crisis in the country were not unconnected to the economic
challenges being faced by its citizens.
“The tension in some parts of the country has its roots substantially in the economic situation.
“The nation should be assured that some
of the Legislative and Executive actions taken to address the economic
problems are beginning to yield fruits.
“This is why we recently witnessed the rebound of the economy and the exit of the country from recession”, he said.
“I want to appeal to our people to avoid
stoking ethnic or religious fires. We should not deepen the fault lines
of our nation, and place citizens in danger of violence and sustained
“The government requires the support of
all Nigerians, and we should please give peace a chance. No real
development or genuine economic activity can take place in the midst of
crisis or tension.
“Investments and development thrive only where there is peace”, Saraki said.
He advised political, community, and
religious leaders, to take actions that would douse the tension and
reassure the people that the best way was for us to live together in
peace and harmony.
“All leaders at this point must canvass support for the government, and preach peace, love, and harmony.
“Once again, I plead with our people to avoid taking laws into their hands, or antagonizing our neighbours”, he added.