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Identify root causes, deal with insecurity, Obasanjo tells Federal government, others


• Political party accuses Buhari of aiding disunity

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has asked the federal and Plateau governments to trace the root causes of insecurity and deal with them decisively.Obasanjo, who was in Jos yesterday to commiserate with the government and the people of over last Sunday’s killings in the state, admitted that there were problems during his time in government but “not in this magnitude,” believing that solutions could be found.

He said: “I am here to express my condolences. What happened is very sad. I have suggested and I will say it again that we should find out the root causes of this problem and deal with it.

“There must be remote and immediate causes, if we deal with them, we are not going to be multiplying condolence visits. I believe that any human problem has human solutions. I do hope and plead with government at the federal level, those of you in states and even local government level to join hands even at the community level to find out the causes and deal with them permanently.”

Responding, Governor Lalong appreciated the visit but noted that a phone call would have sufficed.Meanwhile, the Social Democratic Party (SDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of watching helplessly the sustained abuse of national cohesion and unity.

Its national publicity secretary, Princess Goldba Tolofari, at press briefing yesterday in Abuja, stated that the incessant killings and destruction of property nationwide were inexcusable and an immense threat to peaceful co-existence.Her words: “President Muhammadu Buhari should think twice about what is happening in the country and rise to save Nigerians from an imminent genocide. He can change the service chiefs to save the lives of the citizens. Life is important. Loyalty is not more important.”

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