Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has expressed his disappointment with the leader of Afenifere, Pa Ayo Adebanjo, leader of the PANDEF, Chief Edwin Clark and other leaders of regional groups.
Delivering a speech at the 19th edition of the Daily Trust Dialogue on Thursday in Abuja, Atiku said the leaders of the ethnic groups have not conducted themselves well on the controversial issue of power rotation.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain advised the leaders to watch their utterances and not cause ethnic violence in the country, adding that the country needs peace and development.
Atiku opined that the only way to resolve issues regarding the 2023 presidency is through dialogue and understanding among the various ethnic nationalities across the country.
He said: “Again, let me also comment on the issue of the ethnic nationalities who try to put obstacles, like Baba-Ahmed said, making it ungovernable in certain parts of the country. I think what we need to do definitely as he recommended, there is a need that we lower the temperature.
“And what is so disappointing about this, all these ethnic nationalities are being headed by people who are supposed to be very well educated. And this is the disappointing part of it. I also believe that it is solvable. It is solvable only through dialogue and understanding.
“So, this is a delicate point in the history of this country. And we must be very, very cautious on how we actually approach these issues, particularly in an election year between now and the 2023 elections.
“So, let me pause here and say that I have been actually ambushed to make those comments.”
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