Former President Goodluck Jonathan has condemned the growing tension in the land emanating from clashes between the Nigerian Army and Nnamdi Kanu’s Indigenous People of Biafra in Abia State.
He said nothing can justify destruction of lives and properties and called for dialogue on the matter from all sides involved.
This was even as he called for the possible intervention of the Council of State in offering wise counsel, adding that “irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other”.
The Council of State in Nigeria plays advisory function and comprises former presidents, serving governors, the Chief Justice of Nigeria and a few other prominent Nigerians.
Jonathan stated this in a Facebook post in response to the tension across the country, condemning the burning of a police station by IPOB members and the endangering of human lives reports.
“The reports I have received about recent developments in the country lead me to appeal to all men of good will to use whatever influence they have to push for peaceful coexistence and restraint on all sides.
“Perhaps it is time for the Council of State to intervene and offer its wise counsel. Irrespective of whatever provocation, Nigerians must never turn on each other. Even in the face of difficult circumstances, we must have faith that God in His infinite wisdom will guide us to finding a way out that is fair and just to all concerned.
“Inasmuch as there may be the need to enforce order, there is a greater need to reinforce our humanity and treat Nigerian citizens humanely whether they are from the North or South.
“Nothing justifies the desecration and destruction of religious places of worship or a police station. But even more so, nothing justifies the endangering of human life. Let us exchange ideas instead of exchanging insults and threats,” he said.
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