Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has vowed that the Federal Government will not tolerate any attempt by anyone to disrupt the peace of the country.
He made the vow this evening at the ongoing meeting with the leaders of
thoughts from the northern region over the agitation for Biafra and the
recent ultimatum given by northern youths asking the Igbos to vacate the region by October 1.
The acting president said while some people might say the ultimatum
should be ignored, "it is important we address it promptly."
Osinbajo warned that the government would not allow anyone to go away with hate and divisive speeches.
He said: "Every form of hate speech and every stone thrown in the market will hit a target unintended."
"We will take very serious any attempt to disrupt the peace of this
country. We cannot control violence when it begins," the acting
He said he would also meet with eastern leaders as well as religious rulers and traditional rulers from both regions.
The meeting was attended by Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of
Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Chief of Defence Staff General
Gabriel Olanishakin, Chief of Staff to the President Abba Kyari,
National Security Adviser Babagana Monguno, Inspector-General of Police
Ibrahim Idris, Defence Minister Mansur Dan-Ali and Interior Minister
Also in attendance were Chairman of Arewa
Consultative Forum and former IGP Ibrahim Comassie, Prof. Ango
Abdullahi, former governor Sokoto State Senator Aliyu Wamako, former
deputy governor of Plateau State Mrs Pauline Tallen, Chief Executive
Office of Media Trust Malam Mannir Dan-Ali and Publisher of Leadership
Newspapers, Sam Ndah-Isaiah.
Others were Martin Luther Agwai, Paul
Unongo, Tijani Ramalan, AVM Murkar, Chairman Liberty Radio/Television,
the Secretary-General of the JNI, Abdullahi Lahu; among others.