The Presidency has said that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration is working hard to ensure the return of peace in Nigeria, notwithstanding the prevailing insecurity in some parts of the country.
It said those who ruptured the peaceful atmosphere in different parts of the country would not have the last laugh.
Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina, gave the assurance yesterday when he received members of the Junior Chamber International (JCI), Ikoyi and Orji Kalu Foundation, who were in the State House, Abuja, as part of a peace rally.
He stated: “For those working against peace in our country, I have news for them. They will never win. Nigeria will have peace, and if the evil-doers don’t settle for peace, that peace will be attained without them. Whether they like it or not, peace will return to Nigeria despite the difficult times we are passing through now.”
The presidential spokesman commended the visitors for their initiative, noting that the quest for peace was very dear to the heart of the President, “and no matter what the people say, we will get to that peaceful shore.”
Adesina, who stated that diversity should be a source of strength, rather than a centrifugal force, said ethnicity, religion, language and political differences needed not to lead to animosities and shedding of innocent blood.
Meanwhile, former Governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Orji Uzor Kalu, who was one of the brains behind the peace walk, represented by Demian Igbokwe, lamented that the country had over the years been in the grips of ethno-religious crises, agitations, hatred, distress, insecurity, disunity, violence, hardship and general failure.
He said if peace would be possible in Nigeria, there must be peaceful co-existence with everyone’s involvement and a strong synergy among the security agencies.
“Peace is not just a word, it is an act. It is not enough to talk about peace, one must believe in it. And it is not enough to believe in it, one must act on it,” Kalu stated.