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A former Minister of Defence in the former President Olusegun Obasanjo administration, General Theophilus Danjuma, has called on the federal government to immediately order the arrest of ex- Niger Delta militant Mujahid Asari-Dokubo and others over their reckless statements on the unity of the country.

Danjuma, who was responding to questions from journalists in Kano yesterday at the new site of North West University, Kano over the statements made by the ex-militant leader, said the statements were very reckless and they should be condemned, in fact they should be arrested.

“Those were very reckless statements capable of putting Nigeria asunder. As much as possible, such people should be condemned and arrested. The unity of Nigeria must to be sacrosanct and must never be compromised by any individual,” he said.

The retired army general also cautioned politicians involved in the elections to stop making inflammatory statements capable of heating up the polity, pointing out that anybody involved in making seditious statements that have the tendency of breaching the peace of the country, should be arrested.

According to him, “Politicians should be wary of their provocative and inflammatory statements while campaigning in this crucial time of the general elections.”

He insisted that unguided utterances by some individuals should be controlled so that peace and tranquility can be sustained in the country.

“One of the unfortunate development in our country is that we don’t have continuity. Within one government, when there are changes of ministers, successors quietly abandon what they inherited.

Danjuma, while referring to Kano State Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, said it was unfortunate that successors in offices in the country abandon what they inherited, stating that in the process, they hamper developments.

He said: “My prayer is that whoever that is going to succeed you (Kwankwaso) will continue with the very good work you have started.”

Danjuma inaugurated the multi-billion naira Kwankwasiyya City, one of the three mega cities build by the administration of Kwankwaso.

The three cities, namely Kwankwasiyya, Amana and Bandirawo, which gulped an estimated sum of nearly N30 billion, were initiated to counter the challenges of shortage of housing, overcrowding, over-stretching of public infrastructure and other related problems caused by rapid urban growth in the Kano metropolis.

Danjuma, who expressed happiness over the development, acknowledged the renewed zeal and commitment demonstrated by the Kwankwaso administration to redefine Kano, pointing out that in the past 36 months, the government has changed the face and character of Kano by embarking on a number of defining public work programmes.

The retired army chief who described the Kwankwasiyya city as a befitting legacy noted that the quality of infrastructure, including the road networks and bridges attest to the priority attached by the state government to the close supervision that resulted in high standard of delivery.

ThisDay, January, 2015

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