Former Head of State, Abdulasalami Abubakar, has urged Nigerians to remain peaceful even as the Peoples Democratic Party seeks to contest the results of the February 23rd presidential election.
Abubakar led the National Peace Committee on a visit to President Muhammadu Buhari on Friday, one day after meeting with Atiku. He explained afterwards that his visit to the president was in order to discuss Atiku’s grievances with him.
Speaking with correspondents, Abubakar said: “Yesterday l met the PDP Presidential candidate and his party in order to listen to their grievances and what they think has gone wrong. We are here today to see his Excellency, the President, in order to relay the fears and concerns of the PDP. The president listened to us and has taken note of what we have told him.”
Let there be peace: “We are not talking about self-interest, we are talking about the interest of the country. I keep saying, whenever there is violence, we are not going to see violence in Ikoyi, in the Villa and you will not find violence in the various government houses in this country. It is always the poor that get to kill themselves and so on.
“So, please, yes, as much as we have grievances, l am glad that the PDP say they are going to court to challenge the process, l think this is the right way to go about it, and l hope and pray that we will maintain this,” he added.
Contrary to reports, Abubakar said the former vice president did not give conditions when they met on Thursday but shared his grievances. “Atiku presented his grievances and his observations, he did not present any conditions. He gave his complaints, which we have come to present and discuss with President to see what can be done,” he said.