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Former Head of State, Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd), has encouraged Nigerians to pray for President Buhari rather than confronting him about the country’s high level of insecurity.
On Saturday, July 10, the former Head of State delivered the keynote address at the 23rd anniversary and founder’s day celebration of the Peace Corps of Nigeria (PCN), with the theme: Rejigging the security architecture: imperatives for a second line of public safety; Nigerian Peace Corps perspectives, at the Obasanjo Space Centre in Abuja.
Represented at the event by a former military governor of Bauchi State, Major General Chris Garuba (rtd), Gowon said the problems in the country are also weighing the President down.
“There is no nation in Africa that does not have challenges. Be it economy or security. Countries have challenges and Nigeria is not an exception. But again, the challenges are not permanent challenges. After a period of time, it will come to pass as we will have our peace and stability back.
We should not get discouraged. It’s like the COVID-19 period. It’s a phase; it will come and it will go.
If I am the President under the challenge of instability, economy and security problems, I will be sad. So don’t forget the President is a human being. The entire country is on his shoulders and it’s weighing him down.
Instead of confronting him, we should be praying for him. He needs our prayers and that is what I will recommend. Let us pray for our country and the leadership so that they can overcome all these challenges of insecurity, poor economy, terrorism, insurgency and all whatnot.”he said