Diya said there has always been one misunderstanding or the other, but recent events are, “alarming”.
“It is taking a dangerous turn. The signs are ominous. Let us pursue peace and eschew violence at all costs, by all means.”
The retired General voiced his concerns in a statement in commemoration of his 77th birthday.
Noting that sociologists warned that the rumours of war always justify armament, Diya said armament itself heightens the possibility of war.
“We must avoid a repeat of mistakes of the past. Peace is all we need.”
Diya advised the political class to play by the rules and observe the thin line that separates politics from governance.
He stressed that security matters should not be toyed with on the altar of politicking.
Diya said hate speech, fake news, and inciting ethnic-religious acts should be completely eradicated.
“I have fought many wars in my life. I know the feel, the smell, the agony and the long time implications. It is better to dialogue.”
The ex-top military officer said the people, “must confront our common enemy – war and its apostles – so that we can rise together as one.”
He reminded citizens that Nigeria is a uniquely blessed nation with a large vibrant population, and urged them to rise above the challenges.