31 January 2011

Nigeria: Political Killings Worry Babangida

Abuja — Former military president General Ibrahim Babangida has challenged the authorities to take precautionary measures to stem the politically motivated killings in the country, saying that there is cause for worry. Reacting to last weekend's killing of the All Nigeria's Peoples Party gubernatorial candidate in Borno state by yet- to- be identified persons,

the former military leader, in a statement signed by his media aide, Prince Kassim Afegbua, said that the situation must be arrested forthwith, if we are truly desirous at building a solid foundation for democracy to thrive.

"The growing insensitivity and intolerance by Nigerians is fast becoming a novel or strange idea on account of our communalism and sense of brotherliness and good neighbourliness. As Nigerians, we must continue to reflect on our sense of history, where we are coming from and how far we have travelled the route of nationhood, in our everyday indulgences. We must not be seen to be fanning the embers of disunity or trying, as it were, to provoke crises that have capacity to undermine the sovereignty of the country."

"There is cause for worry. The conflagration in the country, the mindless killings in the land and the heightening fear of uncertainty which is currently enveloping the country, are not telling any good signs about our nationality.

"Different from what anyone may think, these negative indices have their negative impacts on our democracy, investment in the economy, planning, and forecasting for the future. Having come thus far as an independent nation of fifty years, the expectation should be on how to redirect our energies and create the necessary synergy for development and growth. Killing ourselves in the name of democracy or for whatever motive, will neither help us as individual members of the union nor help elected governments to pursue our collective aspirations.

"These killings must stop in the name of God and for the sake of humanity. We have braved all odds in our journey to where we are today, and the expectations must be that we have turned a new leaf to forge ahead. Politicians and political players must be ready to be good sports men and women. They must be prepared to accept the outcome of elections no matter how painful the loss could be. They must always bear in mind that the country comes first, before their aspirations. If there is no country, there cannot possibly be aspirations. They should please in the name of God, imbibe the spirit of being good winners and good losers."

The former presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples' Democratic Party also used expressed, his condolences to the people and government of Borno State over the recent killing.

He prayed Allah to give their families and the Governor, the fortitude to bear this painful loss.

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