Former President Olusegun Obasanjo has warned Nigerians to continue to work for the peace of the country as the 2019 general elections draw closer.
Obasanjo warned that Nigerians, and not God, should accept responsibility if peace eludes the country ahead of the forthcoming election.
The elder statesman gave the advice on Sunday evening during the 2018 Christmas Carol and Service of Six Lessons organised by the Chapel of Christ the Glorious King (CCKG) situated inside the sprawling Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, the state capital.
The former president further expressed the hope that 2019 “will indeed be a year of blessings for all and sundry in the country.”
“National peace is very important in view of the growing insecurity in the country,” according to Obasanjo through a release by his Special Assistant (Media), Kehinde Akinyemi.
“The situation is getting worrisome by the day. I was in Kaduna and I thought that the story would be different. The people there said insecurity, kidnapping and killings are happening.
“If peace elude us, it is not an act of God, but, our making. That is why I am happy that our Bishop in his sermon also talked about peace. This is the appropriate time to talk about peace, this is the season of peace.
“It will be a year of blessings for each one, and particularly for Nigeria. When people come to me and say they are giving up on the country, I tell them no, that next year is year of blessings for all.
“With right statements, right actions, people will be trooping back into the country. We had it before, there is no reason not to have it again,” Obasanjo said.