Tuesday, 29 April 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Abubakar Warns Politicians Against Politicising Insecurity

Former Head of State General Abdulsalami Abubakar, today warned against politicising insecurity as it could worsen the already delicate situation. He said this in Lagos at the launch of The Cable online newspaper themed: “Nigeria at 100: Reflections on the future,” published by former THISDAY Editor, Simon Kolawole.

He urged politicians to put the country first ahead of party interests. While stressing that the it would require the collaborative effort of everyone to achieve a peaceful society, he added that he wishes politicians would learn some lessons from America.

He said, "I appeal to politicians and all Nigerians to always put Nigeria first. I appeal to them to forget their differences when issues of security or Nigeria are at stake. Don’t play politics with security.

“Perhaps our politicians can learn some lessons from America. Whenever there is an election, they identify themselves as Republicans and Democrats.

“As soon as election is over, they identify themselves as Americans. I understand that politicians will always be politicians, but politics should not be destructive."

The Convener, Kolawole, who said the online media is targeted at becoming Africa's no 1 online newspaper interms of influence, content and traffic, added that their mandate is to deliver knowledge-driven journalism in the pursuit of Nigeria's progress.

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