BY AMEH IDUJAGI, JALINGO – The Nigeria Ambassador to the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Alhaji Hassan Ardo has alleged that there are plans by a clique of prominent Nigerians to destabilise the country.
In a telephone interview with journalists on Thursday, Ardo noted that the sporadic killings, kidnapping and armed banditry in almost all states of the North is a machination of the individuals bent on giving the President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration a bad name in order to achieve their selfish objectives.
Ardo also said the killings and kidnappings is a diversionary measures to distract the Buhari administration in its fight against corruption, adding that this class of individuals who are potential culprits would do everything humanly possible to evade prosecution.
He noted that “from Kaduna, Katsina, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Abuja, Benue, Plateau up to Adamawa and Taraba, the North seems to be under siege of bandits, kidnappers, insurgents and above all ethnic and religious violence.
He charged security agencies to live up to their biddings and ensure that all those behind the nefarious acts are identified and brought to book in order to restore the confidence of the electorate in the administration.
Ardo also urged the Northern traditional rulers and leaders of thoughts in the region to come together and find lasting solution to the current security challenges confronting the region.
The envoy enjoined the Nigerian elites to emulate the early leaders of the country such as Chief Obafemi Awolowo, Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, Sir Ahmadu Bello and Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa, who stood firmly for an indivisible Nigeria rather than geographical or personal interests.
He said; “I want everyone to bear in mind that we have no other country apart from Nigeria and posterity will judge us if we do not stand firmly to defend the integrity of this country.”