Attacks by some arms-carrying herdsmen on some communities in Nigeria have been on the increase. 

The nation has also continued to seek solution to its security challenges, but a former Head of State, Retired General Abdulsalami Abubakar, has an advice for the government and Nigerians on how the killings could be stopped. 

His first demand was that everyone has a role to play in addressing the issue of insecurity.

“I wonder at people when they start asking these questions. You, I and every Nigerian, have a role to play to bring peace to this country.

“Government is not only in the Villa, we are. Everybody being represented is part and parcel of this government.

“These criminals, are they Nigerians or they are foreigners? If they are foreigners, have we reported that they are coming into the country? Are we giving intelligence?

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“And if they are Nigerians, are they not our brothers and sisters? Don’t we know them? Have we exposed them? So each and every one of us has a role to play," said the former military leader who handed over to Dr. Olusegun Obasanjo in the offset of the current democratic dispensation. 

Prayer also has a role to play in the battle to end the killings and Abdulsalami advised Nigerians to keep praying for God’s intervention and mercy on Nigeria for criminality to stop and peace to reign.

He also wants Nigerians and all registered political parties to promote peace as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections.

Abubakar spoke at a meeting with a delegation of the Northern Leaders and Stakeholders Assembly (NLSA) who paid him a visit in his Abuja home on Sunday.

The former head of state said peace was paramount.

"If there is no peace, there is no nation; if there is no peace, there won’t be any politicking.

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"So, it is absolutely necessary for each and everyone of us to put hands on deck to ensure that there is peace in the country.

"All these senseless killings, senseless criminality that are going on won’t serve any purpose. Please, let’s join hands and make sure that we give peace a chance," he told reporters.

Abubakar believes that once citizens make peace, they can always solve their problems.