Written by Christian Okeke, Abuja Sunday, 15 July 2012
Presidency appears to be doubtful of sincerity of peace advocacies by certain persons in the country who it observed overtly preach peace in the face of the current insecurity ravaging the country but covertly turns back to “precipitate violence.”
It was the stand of the Presidency that it was not enough to talk about peace in conferences and seminars and sabotage genuine efforts to halt the wave of insecurity.
In fact, the Presidency insisted that forces working assiduously to pull down the administration of President Jonathan were still much around.
On Friday, the Special Adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Matters, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak branded the forces evil and maintained that God will not allow them to destroy the country.
Gulak spoke when exchanging views with officials of a group, Peace Advocacy and Community Development Initiative in his office.
The presidential aide noted that Jonathan ascended power by divine intervention and determined to leave the country better than he met it.
He condemned utterances from persons he described as so-called leaders which he observed were capable of promoting crisis and violence.
He recalled that the country had come out of previous incidences of violence stronger and added that, “This particular one will not be an exception.”
He was emphatic that, “It is not enough to talk about peace in conferences. There are those who preach peace in the day and in the night precipitate violence. It is not enough to say peace and love in the lips; we must practice peace. Even if you kill half of Nigerians and God said you won’t be president, you can’t.”
Gulak went further to say that, “There are evil forces; it is not going to be easy. Time has come for Nigerians to say no to violence”
The presidential aide wondered why certain persons were yet to come to terms with the reality of Jonathan’s presidency and urged for prayers so that the president can bequeath dividends of democracy.
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