Nigerian government restates resolve to maintain peace

Cyril Okonkwo, Abuja

The Nigerian government on Wednesday restated its resolve to deal decisively with individuals and groups who are out to cause trouble in the country.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said this while briefing State House Correspondents after the Federal Executive Council meeting, presided over by Acting President Yemi Osinbajo.

He stated that the federal government was working to ensure that there is no breach of peace.

“The idea is not just to assure Nigerians that we are doing something about it, but also to give comfort to all Nigerians that this matter is completely under control and to assure Nigerians that any Nigerian anywhere is safe,” Mohammed said, adding that the security agencies “will deal decisively with any group of people whose conduct is going to create instability in the country.”

He said there was no reason for “anybody to panic” or move from any part of the country to another.

Consultative meetings

Mohammed said a series of consultative meetings has been scheduled between the federal government and leaders from the South East and Northern Nigeria towards resolving the issues between their zones.

The meetings, which began on Tuesday when Acting President Yemi Osinbajo met with leaders from northern Nigeria at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa, continued on Wednesday with a meeting with leaders from the south east geo-political zone.

Also, there would be a meeting on Friday where the acting president will address traditional rulers from the south east.

On Thursday, June 22, there would be a joint consultative meeting of all the groups, including traditional rulers, religious leaders and leaders of thought from the South East and Northern Nigeria.