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Friday, April 2, 2021

A Clarion Call For Peace In A Nation In Dire Need Of Unity

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By Oladipo Diya

As mortals, we must celebrate everyday as it comes. However, by the special grace of God  and some divine arrangement, I am alive and in good health to celebrate my 77th birthday. I give all glory, honour and adoration to the Almighty God.

This special day also affords me an opportunity to reflect and attempt to profer a solution on the state of our dear nation, Nigeria. 

There is no gainsaying that we all need to come together to confront our common enemy - war and its apostles - so that we can rise together as one.

Nigeria is a uniquely blessed nation. God has bequeathed on us a large vibrant population; a vast land filled graciously with milk and honey. North, East, South or West, everywhere you turn, there is a mineral resource that will remind you that God loves us.

As a people, we should not allow these free gifts of nature to turn us against one another. I agree that there has always been one misunderstanding or the other, for a long time, but what we are witnessing in recent past is alarming. It is taking a dangerpus turn. The signs are ominous. We seem to have forgotten that, fundamentally, we are brothers and sisters from one source, in one nation with a common destiny. Let us pursue peace and eschew violence at all costs, by all means.

Many actors have made their positions known. A lot more have pointed accussing fingers. We have turned the table and changed the narratives, just to suit our positions. One thing is certain, we cannot continue like this. Enough is enough. Let us cease the practice of name-calling. There is no part of the nation that does not have its inherent security challenges. 
Hence, the first sokution is to look inwards. Let us do a soul searching.

I wish to thank His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR, for his brave, strategic and fearless leadership. Through a dint of hard work, the government had recovered numerous territories hitherto occupied by the insurgents. I commend His Excellency, Vice President (Prof.) Yemi Osinbajo (SAN)  GCON, the Armed Forces, the Police and all well-meaning Nigerians for their gallant efforts.

More work however need to be done by the government to solve the perennial problem of banditry, farmer - herder crisis and all forms of terrorism in the land. The arrival of the covid vaccine is a welcoming relief. I have taken my jab , without any side effects. I took the vaccine, ate then slept like a baby. I urge the organizers to keep improving the delivery process,in order to vaccinate more Nigerians.

Sociologists have always warned us that "the rumours of war always justifies armament. Armament itself heightens the possibility of war. We must avoid a repeat of mistakes of the past. Peace is all we need.

The Political Class must play by the rules and observe the thin line that separates Politics from Governance. Security matters should not be toyed with on the alter of politicking. Hate speech, fake news, as well as inciting  ethnic-religious acts should be comoletely eradicated. I have fought many wars in my life. I have been out there all my life. I know the feel, the smell, the agony and the long time implications of wars. After a war, there must still be a dialogue, so it is better to dialogue and talk our way out of the problems.

May God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.



Lt. Gen. Donaldson Oladipo Diya (rtd) GCON, MNI, LLB, BL, was number two man during Sanni Abacha military regime

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