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 OUR PROMISE: At inception in 2017, we promised our loyal readers, friends and well-wishers that we operate as a non–political,non-partisan organization, and are, therefore, conscious of our responsibility of ensuring fairness, justice and ethical responsibility. stand committed to the provision of formidable, excellent, highly competitive, and functional professional services, with a knack for social responsibility for the purpose of contribution our quota to national development.  As year 2018, gradually draws to an end, we looked back at activities directed at influencing positive changes in the society, under our platform titled: BUILDING A GREATER NIGERIA. Rtd. GEN. ABDULSALAMI A. ABUBAKAR, GCFR – A MAN OF PEACE, WORKING FOR PUBLIC GOOD & IN NATIONAL INTEREST is recognized in this piece.

The Holy Bible, in the Book of Matthew: 5: 6-9 states that: ‘’Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. ‘’Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. ‘’Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. ‘’Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.’’ That is part of what are known as the ‘’Beatitudes’’ a Latin word meaning ‘’blessedness’’; from the famous Sermon on the Mount as preached by Jesus Christ.

General AbdulsalamiA. Abubakar is one of the few Nigerian leaders that has had highly notable dates with destiny. A former Head of State, Abdulsalami A Abubakar has emerged at several junctures of Nigeria’s political journey to play prominent roles of ensuring that situations don’t go out of hand. Fate first thrust such a ‘big one’ on his shoulders in 1998, following the sudden death of Gen. Sani Abacha whom he succeeded in office as military Head of State, and went on to hand over power to a democratically elected regime in May, 1999. The nearest to the current exercise of mediation that he now shoulders, was the use of force, during his eventful military career, when Abubakar served as a member of the Nigerian contingent to the United Nations peacekeeping force in Lebanon in 1981.

AS A STATESMAN WITH GLOBAL RECKONING: He, thereafter, emerged on the global scene,with roles assigned by sub-regional, regional and multilateral organizations for him to lead Observer Groups,charged with the responsibility of monitoring elections, and in some cases, monitoring peacekeeping and enforcement engagements in crises-torn parts of the world. The General could very well decide to be an on-looker from the sidelines of a political arena that has been very contentious; based on the reactions of contestants and their political parties, who are always ready to ‘fight to finish’’. However, his patriotic predisposition, given his wide exposure, has always taken the better part of him.

Retd Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar, as chairman of the National Peace Committee, comprising other notable Nigerians, including Bishop Matthew Hassan Kukah made both visible and behind-the-scene moves, before, and after the 2015 general elections to ensure that peace prevailed.  According to the 51-page document recently released by the Matthew Hassan Kukah Centre, the committee said its primary concern “has always been how to get the defeated candidates to accept the outcome of elections by conceding promptly and unequivocally so that the winner would naturally have a much easier task to be magnanimous in victory’’. It is difficult to predict what would have happened in 2015,had the committee failed to intervene in the electoral process.

SAME ROLE AGAIN: Abubakar is currently playing the same role again to ensure that all goes well in February, 2019. The committee has held peace meetings with the election umpires, security agencies, contestants and leaders of the political parties involved in the upcoming exercise.  In the report, the committee said it did not convince Jonathan to concede defeat to Buhari in 2015, contrary to popular media reports.It further disclosed that “the committee in the evening of March 31 requested audience with President Jonathan at the Villa.”The report added, “As it awaited confirmation for the meeting with the president, the Committee Chairman, General Abdulsalam Abubakar, GCFR also put a call through to General Buhari who informed him that President Jonathan had only minutes earlier, called to concede the elections.

Candidate Muhammadu Buhari (as he then was) particularly asked the Committee to please convey his good wishes to fellow candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan for his great act of statesmanship.“Shortly after that, members of the committee, who were greatly relieved, headed to the Villa where they met privately with President Jonathan and thanked him for his great courage. The committee, headed by Abubakar has always pointed out that all those involved in governing Nigeria should consider national interest and public good. The committee, for the sake of peace, also assists in examining issues raised by agencies responsible for ensuring smooth conduct of elections.

Gen Abdulsalami Abubakar handed over power to his former boss in the military, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo on 29 May 1999. Abubakar is one of the few generals in the Nigerian army who rose to the top without holding political office. He has held only command and military positions, and has, in general, stayed out of the political limelight. Apparently, Gen Abubakar is not throwing in his expertise in conflict resolution, so that he would not be invited for action as an officer on the Reserve Bench of the military, God forbid, in the case of any eventuality. General Abubakar recently advised the federal government to spare no effort in ensuring peace in the country, noting that politics cannot take place in an atmosphere of chaos and unrest. The retired general enjoins Nigerians to cooperate with government in order to protect lives and property.

NO PEACE; NO SUCCESSFUL POLITICS: According to him, there can be no nation if there is no peace; and if there is no peace, there won’t be any politicking. “Every Nigerian has a role to play to bring peace to this country. Abubakar has constantly told the citizenry that: ‘’Government is not only in the Presidential Villa, and everybody is part and parcel of this government,”And Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar is not alone in this onerous task.The National Peace Committee led by Gen Abubakar has patriotically and efficiently carried on the discharge of its duties and have come to our rescue in moments of political travails. Nigeria and Nigerians are very much indebted to these men of goodwill. Their sustained intervention augurs well for the future, because without a nation, there will certainly be no rulers. We appreciate the National Peace Committee. May the good Lord order your steps, utterances and actions.

Nigeria’s Dry Bones Shall Surely Rise Again

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