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I did not hand over in 1999 under pressure – Gen. Abdulsalami Abubarkar



Former Head of State, Common Abdulsalam Abubakar has mentioned he was by no means pressured handy over to a democratically elected authorities in 1999 as he solely fulfilled the desires of Nigerians.

Chatting with journalists at his Hilltop residence in Minna to mark the 61st Independence Anniversary celebration of Nigeria, Abdulsalami mentioned what he did then was by no means anticipated by Nigerians.

” What I did was a fulfilment of the folks’s wishes, they by no means anticipated it and I used to be glad to have achieved’ he mentioned.

Abdulsalami defined that earlier than he handed over energy in 1999, the navy career was confronted with quite a lot of points, insisting that it didn’t destroy the nation as claimed by some Nigerians.

On secession agitations by some Nigerians, the elder statesman mentioned the requires separation had been because of the notion of exclusion into the scheme of issues and affairs of governance.

He referred to as on authorities the to hold all people alongside when it comes to governance and appointments.


On the safety challenges bedevilling the nation, the elder statesman charged the federal authorities to do its finest in strengthening safety forces, recruit extra personnel and equip them adequately to allow them confront criminals and shield the lives and properties of the residents.

“Extra could possibly be completed, by strengthening our safety forces, by rising the variety of people who find themselves concerned within the safety element. Meaning there needs to be extra recruitment into the safety forces and equipping them adequately in order that they may face the problem of offering safety of life and property within the nation” he acknowledged.

The previous Head of State additionally expressed concern over Nigeria’s debt profile, whereas advising that loans collected needs to be judiciously utilized for the aim they had been meant for to reinforce improvement.

He urged Nigerians to eschew all types of bitterness and embrace peace regardless of the present challenges confronting the nation.

“Nigerians ought to all the time communicate for the nation and keep away from native agitations, ethnicity, spiritual bigotry as being skilled in latest occasions.

” We must also maintain the NYSC scheme and restoration of MAMSA, NOA to coach and enlighten the plenty on governments efforts, actions and achievements in each sphere of improvement,” he suggested.

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