By Augustine Akhilomen
Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, has said Nigeria must win the war against insurgency in order to attain full civilisation.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara has revealed that the country can’t afford to lose the fight against violence and still maintain true civilisation.
He made this known on Friday at the annual cultural festival of Berom people of Plateau, known as the Nzem Berom in Jos.
Dogara said that Nigeria could overcome violence by embracing peacein order to build a better civilised nation.
“I have said it many times, we cannot afford to lose the fight against violence and still keep our civilisation.
“Any nation that has lost the fight against violence has always lost its civilisation.
“Take the situation with the Northeast where I come from, as an example, there are communities where you can’t find anything as representatives of the government.
“Police stations are gone. Roads, buildings, hospitals and schools have all been destroyed.
“How long is it going to take us before we even get back to the position where we were prior to the breakout of violence?”
“I have also heard of the error that stipulates that violence can be cured by more violence.
“There has never been a conflict in the world, not even where the best of the war machines are used, that the weapons of war were thought to have resolved and brought peace.
“Peace has always been obtained at the table of brotherhood. So, we can defeat violence in Nigeria if we are determined to do so and we have the leaders who are willing to do so.
“It is also an error to say that some people are being killed because of cattle rustling.”