Dogara laments crises across Nigeria, sues for calm


The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has lamented the violent attacks in some parts of Nigeria describing the development as a major hindrance to the nation’s economic growth.



Dogara stated this on Saturday while speaking at the 2018 Zaar Sayawa cultural festival, known as Lepm Zaar, held at Tafawa Balewa town in Tafawa Balewa Local Government Area of Bauchi State.



He stressed the need for warring communities in the country to immediately devise ways of attaining peace for development.



He maintained that insurgency and other violent attacks in some states of the country, if not immediately contained by relevant security and government agencies, would continue to scare investors.



The Speaker called on communities affected by the protracted violence to learn from the peace that had been achieved in the Tafawa Balewa communities in Bauchi State over the years.



Dogara said, “The most important thing that we are celebrating in Tafawa Balewa LGA today is peace because the different ethnic groups and people of different religious groups in the communities took it as a responsibility to change their destiny by living together in unity.



“There used to be violence, killings and shedding of blood in the Tafawa Balewa LGA until some people among us decided to put an end to it. We must stop killing one another.



“The time has come for us to stop blaming each other for the violence that is taking place in various communities. We must accept the fact that we are all reasonable and if violence must stop we must take responsibility.



“That is what the people of Tafawa Balewa did. Today, we are a model of how multi-religious, multi- ethnic communities can co-exist peacefully. The various communities in Nigeria should learn from Tafawa Balewa, get rid of crisis and live in peace.”



The Speaker lamented that while that absence of violence in Tafawa Balewa had led to the development of the area, the insurgency being perpetrated by the Boko Haram sect had destroyed the fortunes of the people of other areas in the North-East zone, in the last 10 years.



He said, “Our people in the North-East have been divided by crises but the time has come for us to embrace unity and reconciliation so that we can rebuild our devastated communities. Anyone who is preaching division is not a true son or daughter of Bauchi State.”



The Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Tambuwal, who was the chairman on the occasion, described Dogara as a peacemaker whose leadership had brought stability and peace to the House of Representatives.
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