Wednesday, 17 January 2018


Avoid Anything That Threatens Nigeria’s Unity, Gowon Tells Youths

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon has advised Nigerian youths to avoid anything that threatens the sovereignty and unity of the country.

The former Head of State who gave the advice at a National Security Seminar on “Unity in Diversity: Security and National Development”, organised by the Department of State Service (DSS) in Abuja, urged the youths not to allow a situation where Nigerians would fight one another.

He reminded that the youths are the future of this country, and build the country in the interest of all.

On the calls for restructuring or secession by different groups and sections in the country, General Gowon advised the agitators to be mindful of the rights of others.

He condemned situations where certain individuals and interest groups hide under the freedom of speech and association guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution to cause threat to the unity and sovereignty of the country, adding that all Nigerians should like their country, right or wrong, but yet demand a change for good and better’’

On his part, the Director-General of DSS, Mr Lawal Daura, advised all groups and individuals bent on pursuing their divisive and separatist activities that threaten national security, to have a rethink.

Mr Daura said that Security and Law Enforcement Agencies would not sit by while separatist elements continued with their activities that put at risk the lives and properties of law-abiding and innocent Nigerians.

He said the DSS will deploy the full amalgam of the security infrastructure to deal with subsisting and emerging developments capable of endangering lives and properties as well as our corporate existence as a nation.

Mr Daura said that the seminar presented an opportunity to explore diverse perspectives on national challenges with a view to gaining deeper insights and understanding of same.