Nigeria’s former military head of state, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, on Wednesday, said that the Boko Haram insurgency which the country is currently facing is our problem and urged all Nigerians to join hands together in fighting it.
*Gen. Ibrahim Babangida
The former president made this known to journalists during a condolence visit to the people and government of Gombe following the death of Alhaji Shehu Abubakar, the Emir of Gombe, who was killed last week Friday by Boko Haram sect members.
According to him, the security challenges in the northern part of the country demand that all Nigerians unite to address the problem.
“This problem is our problem. Every Nigerian irrespective of religion, tribe, age, has a role to play, and the sooner we begin to play those roles the better for Nigeria” Babangida said.
Babangida, who led special prayers during the visit, condoled with the government and people of Gombe State for the loss, pointing out that the emir’s death was a huge loss not only to the people of the state, but the country at large.
The former president called on other traditional rulers and Nigerians in general to emulate the virtues of the late monarch.
Meanwhile, the former military Head of State Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, who was also part of the dignitaries at the special prayers, remarked that he had a cordial relationship with the late emir, and prayed that God should grant the people the heart to bear the loss.
Responding, Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, who received the former presidents, thanked them for coming and identifying with the state in this period of grief.