Former Head of State, Abdulsalam Abubakar has said peace
is the most expensive commodity in the country now and
needs the contribution of all to restore.
The military ruler, respected for handing over power to a
democratic government, noted that every Nigerian has a
role in making the country’s elections credible, insisting that
the task is not just that of the electoral body, government or
“Citizens of the country must therefore be law abiding and
live in peace with one another, to move the country
forward.” He said.
Abdulsalam who was in Gombe on Monday to offer
condolences to the government and people of the state over
the demise of the former Emir of Gombe, Shehu Usman
Abubakar, as well as congratulate the new Emir, Abubakar
Shehu Abubakar, in a remark, described peace as the most
expensive commodity and so everyone in the country must
contribute towards maintaining peace in every part of the
country, as there can be no meaningful development
“The most expensive commodity in Nigeria now is peace. So
I appeal to Nigerians, we should do all we can to sustain the
peace and tranquility in this country because without peace
there will be no country and nobody can go out and look for
his livelihood. All of us have a role to play in maintaining
peace in this country.” He said.
Commenting on the forth-coming 2015 general elections,
Abubakar admonished politicians to adhere to the rules of
the game instead of insisting on winning at all cost.
“As we go to the polls in 2015, every Nigerian has a role to
play in ensuring that our elections are credible. How do we
do that? By ensuring that we vote according to our
conscience, according to the candidate we like and to ensure
that our votes count. There is always room for
improvement. Nation building is a continuous process. You
do your own, you move ahead and your successor builds on
what you left, he leaves, another person comes and it
continues. So democracy is always a learning process. You
can never have a perfect democracy.” Abdulsalam stated.