Olawepo-Hashim warns public officials against unguarded statements


Olalekan Adetayo, Abuja

A former presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim, on Sunday called on public office holders to watch their statements and actions on the security challenges facing the country.

He said they must avoid making statements and taking actions that show support for any party to the conflict.

In a statement in Abuja, Olawepo-Hashim warned that doing so may have the tendency of undermining national security.

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Olawepo-Hashim said for collective survival, it was important for Nigerians to tone down divisive actions and speeches.

He said pitching one ethnic group against the other and pushing for attacks and reprisal were ill wind that could only lead to mutual destruction.

He said, “We all have roles to play. Community leaders and social organisations must tone down divisive rhetoric.

“Public officers at all levels must avoid statements and actions that show support for any party to the conflict as it has tendency to undermine national cohesion and security.”

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On herdsmen-farmers’ clashes, Olawepo-Hashim said, “On clashes between herders and farmers all over Nigeria, it is well agreed by all reasonable citizens and leaders that a pastoral practice that ruins the legitimate businesses of others, must immediately give way to a more acceptable and modern arrangement.

“We need a transition to a system that accommodates the aspirations of poor farmers and herders who have long been neglected by successive governments.”

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