Abdulsalami calls on politicians to sustain country’s peace




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ABUJA – Former Head of State, Gen. Abubakar  Abdulsalami, has asked leaders of political parties and erstwhile to sustain the peace the country following the 2015 .

Abdulsalami, Chairman of the Peace for the Nigerian , said this an interview with State House correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan at the Villa.

“You are aware that there are some disturbances some of the states and of course both the incoming and outgoing presidents have roles to play‎.

“The chairmen of the various parties have roles to play in order to maintain that peace,’’ he said.

On the reason for his visit to Jonathan, he said as the chairman of the peace , there were always interactions between the , the incoming President and President Jonathan.

He said the meetings were “in order to ensure that the peace we have been able to is sustained.

“I am here to give him a report of what the has been doing.’’

He said the visit was not connected with any issues concerning the Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke, was also at the villa at the time.

“I think people are just trying to be mischievous; I have been meeting with a lot of people and a lot of ministers in the course of this transition.

“So, there is nothing strange in me meeting with anybody. Go through your records to see the number of meetings I have been engaging in.

“I don’t know why the last one be a subject of chat.

“This is not the first time I have been meeting her (Allison-Madueke), and a number of ministers, so I don’t see what the whole hullabaloo is all about. People are just being mischievous.

Abdulsalami also denied serving as intermediary between and Jonathan in the transition programme as he was not a member of any of the transition committees. “I am not serving as intermediary. I told you I am coming here as the chairman peace committee and naturally we have to interact.

“I go and see Gen. and I also see all in an effort to sure that this transition goes on smoothly and we maintain the peace.’’

He said he was grateful to God for the peace achieved during and after elections

“I think we have to thank God in the first place. Secondly, we have to thank President Jonathan for his statesmanship as his actions have really brought peace.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]

“We also have to thank for harping on his supporters to tune down their celebrations’’, the former Nigerian military leader added. (NAN)

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