By Lawrence Olaoye
Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity,
Femi Adesina, has said that those working against peace in the country will not succeed.
According to a statement made available to newsmen by Abiodun Oladunjoye, a Deputy Director in the State House Media Department, Adesina made the declaration while receiving members of Junior Chamber International (JCI), Ikoyi, and Orji Kalu Foundation, who came to the Presidential Villa, yesterday as part of a Peace Rally.
He said those who rupture the peace in different parts of the country will not have the last laugh.
The Presidential spokesman said: “For those working against peace in our country, I have news for them. They will never win. Nigeria will have peace, and if the evildoers 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.”
He commended the peace marchers 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 in this country.”
He stressed that diversity should be a source of strength, rather than a centrifugal force,
adding that submitting that ethnicity, religion, language, and political differences need not lead to animosities and shedding of innocent blood.
Hon. Demian Igbokwe delivered a speech on behalf of Chief Orji Kalu, former governor of Abia State and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, who was one of the brains behind the Peace Walk.
Under the title ‘Peace is Possible in Nigeria,’ Kalu 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.
“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.