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Unguarded Comments Against Tinubu Are Destructive, Can Cause Violence, Matawalle Tells Critics

He stressed the importance of unity, saying that what affects one Nigerian affects all.

The Minister of State for Defence, Mr. Bello Matawalle, urged Nigerians to refrain from making provocative statements about President Bola Tinubu’s administration, saying that unguarded utterances are destructive and capable of causing violence.

In a statement issued at the weekend by the Director of Press, Ministry of Defence, Mr. Henshaw Ogubike, the minister noted that Tinubu was on top of the situation in the country.

“The Minister of State for Defence, Dr. Bello Matawalle, cautioned Nigerians against using inflammatory comments against the government, saying that such comments are unnecessary.

“The minister made this call against the backdrop of some unguarded utterances coming from some sections of the populace.

“He said such comments are incisive and destructive and can exacerbate tensions and lead to violence in our beloved nation. Matawalle said that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu has the capacity and political will and he is working round the clock to see that Nigeria is better and a well-secured nation.”

The minister also said Tinubu has put in place various policies to reshape and modernise the nation’s economy, and secure lives, and properties.

The statement added: “The President has given priority to the safety of citizens by equipping the Nigerian military to function optimally while the Service Chiefs have also been charged to rebuild the capacity of the Security Services.

“Matawalle said that the President understands the nexus between insecurity and poverty and that was why the government is increasing its investment in MSMEs. This is in addition to the 15 million vulnerable households that will be added to the extended social safety net.

“He said just a few days ago, the president approved the creation of a committee that included the state governors and federal representatives that will explore among other things the possibility of establishing State Police that will help in checkmating crimes.”

The minister, however, underscored the importance of unity, stating that what affects one Nigerian ultimately affects the entire nation.

“It is imperative for us as Nigerians to embrace dialogue and understanding in addressing our differences. We must remember that our strength lies in our diversity, and only through unity can we overcome the challenges facing our nation,” he said.

Matawalle noted that unwarranted utterances against the government would have consequences.

“He advised the agents of disunity to refrain from further unwarranted utterances, as such will have consequences

“Matawalle urged all citizens to prioritise peace, tolerance, and national cohesion in their words and actions, as we collectively strive towards building a prosperous and harmonious Nigeria,” the statement added.

Chuks Okocha

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