July 3, 2013
NewsRescue– A meeting was held of Nigeria’s former leaders and current office holders, in Abuja yesterday to discuss the security challenges facing the nation. At the meeting, former president Ibrahim Babangida(IBB) called for Nigeria’s security problems to be addressed “in house.” In attendance were former heads of state, IBB, Yakubu Gowon and Ernest Shonekan.
They spoke at the Fourth National Civil-military Dialogue during which Gowon re-affirmed his belief that dialogue with the Boko Haram insurgent group would produce an enduring solution to the problem of insecurity in parts of the north.
For Babangida, Nigerians, irrespective of religious or tribe affiliations must shun violence and learn to live with one another in peace and harmony for the progress and development of the nation while Shonekan, urged Nigerians to be patriotic and strive towards protecting the country from threats that undermine its corporate existence.
Senate President, David Mark, who also spoke at the programme said that the military fared better under democratic dispensation.
Speaker of House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal in his remarks advocated a more robust civil-military relationship.
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