A former Nigerian Head of State, Gen. Abubakar Abdulsalam, on Thursday in Abuja called on political party leaders and candidates who contested in the recent general elections to sustain Nigeria’s current peace.
The ex-Head of State who is the Chairman of the 2015 general elections Peace Committee, stated this in an interview with State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa after a meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan.
Abdulsalam said: “You are aware that there are some disturbances in some of the states and of course both the incoming and outgoing presidents have roles to play. The chairmen of the various parties have roles to play in order to maintain that peace.’’
He said he came to meet with the president because, as the chairman of the peace committee, he had to give committee report to the president and have constant interactions between the committee, the incoming and outgoing presidents to sustain the current peace.
The former military ruler denied that his visit was connected with any issues concerning the Petroleum Minister Diezani Allison-Madueke, who happened to be in the villa at the time of his visit.
He said: “I think people are just trying to be mischievous; I have been meeting with a lot of people and a lot of ministers in the course of this transition, there is nothing strange in me meeting with anybody. Go through your records to see the number of meetings I have been engaging in.
“This is not the first time I have been meeting her (Allison-Madueke), and a number of ministers, so I don’t see what the whole hullabaloo is all about. People are just being mischievous. I don’t know why the last one will be a subject of media chat.
He also said he was not an intermediary between Buhari and Jonathan in the transition programme, explaining that he was he was not a transition committee member.
“I go and see Gen. Buhari and I also see the President all in an effort to make sure that this transition goes on smoothly and we maintain the peace.’’
Abdulsalam said that he was grateful to God for the peace achieved during and after elections contrary to initial fears and misgivings expressed before the said election.