Yakubu-Gowon

Former Military Head of State, retired General Yakubu Gowon has lamented the growing animosity, bloodletting, hate speeches and clashes that have been festering across Nigeria.

Dr. Gowon, who spoke today, Monday, in Katsina at a two-day North West zone, NIGERIA PRAYS event, said that Nigerians needed to come together and condemn all forms of animosity among her citizens, including bloodletting, clashes and hate speech.

The war-time Head of State, who called on President Muhammadu Buhari to identify, arrest and deal with those responsible for the various killings across the country observed: “if not for God’s abundant mercy and grace, the nation would have been plunged into another round of crisis.”

He asked Nigerians to assume the true spirit of worship to God to intercede fervently for the nation, for God’s intervention in its affairs, “particularly social, political and economic, and to douse hatred and animosity amongst our citizens.

“Let us be assured that our prayers are not in vain. I can say this with every authority that prayer can solve problems better and faster than generals and soldiers can do with physical weapons of war.

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“I have no doubt in my heart that God will honor our collective prayers and intercession for our nation and heal our nation of insecurity.

“We, however, call on the authorities to deal with culprits and bring justice to the grieved. We must rise to condemn needles bloodletting and clashes, hate speeches and all manner of evil.”