By Taye Obateru
Jos— Former military Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar has challenged Nigerians to rise up to the security challenges in the country by providing useful information on suspicious characters to security agencies.
He stated this on Sunday shortly after paying a condolence visit to former Plateau State Deputy Governor, Dame Pauline Tallen over the death of her father, Paul Kattiems.
He told journalists that the citizenry has a duty to provide security agencies with useful information as security is everybody’s business.
Accompanied by his wife, Justice Fati Abubakar, the former head of state said: “The security situation in the country, I will say, in the last one year has improved a little bit. It is step by step.
”It is unfortunate that we found ourselves in this situation to the extent that state of emergency was imposed on some states. Hopefully Nigerians will join hands to ensure that we bring peace back to our country.
”Peace is a responsibility of each and everyone of us. We have a role to play and like I said, all the perpetrators of mischief live among us. They are our brothers and sisters. We have to take up our citizens’ role by reporting such miscreants to the proper authorities”.
Abubakar also challenged journalists to be socially responsible by not giving reports that could worsen a bad situation adding, “you members of the press have a responsibility; you can educate our people and inform them of what is happening, but please while you are doing so, do it in a responsible way.
”Do not influence situations. There are reports that you can find ways of reporting without telling lies or heating the system.”
He had earlier commiserated with Mrs. Tallen and the Kattiem family over the death of their father and was received by head of the family, Mr Albert Kattiems and the Chairman of Goemai Unity and Development Organization, Chief Anthony Homsuk who expressed the family’s gratitude for the solidarity visit by the Abubakars.