Gowon Seeks Urgent Meeting Of Leaders, Elder Statesmen Over Killings

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A former military head of state, General Yakubu Gowon, has called on all leaders and elder statesmen in Nigeria to come together for an urgent meeting on ways to end the killings across the country, especially in Benue and Borno states.

General Gowon who condemned the killings lamented that his heart bleeds at the rate at which innocent lives are lost including those of the Catholic priests murdered in Benue on Tuesday.

The former head of state spoke about the killings on Saturday in Owerri, the Imo State capital, when he visited Governor Rochas Okorocha ahead of the Nigeria Prays Group’s prayer rally in the South-East.

“Without Peace, certainly, we won’t be able to grow any further. And this is what has been retarding Nigeria recently,” General Gowon said.

“Let us continue to pray but let us also play our own part to ensure that we are doing whatever we can to achieve the peace.”

Governor Okorocha, on his part, said Nigerian must view the killings in Benue and other parts of the country as a national problem and rise to the challenge to tackle it irrespective of political ethnic and religious differences.

As things stand, very little progress has been made in terms of finding a solution to the violence and killings, according to the governor.

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