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Babangida made this known during a condolence visit to the people and government of Gombe State over the death of the Emir of Gombe, Alhaji Shehu Abubakar.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), former Military Head of State, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, also visited the state to condole with the people.
Babangida, who addressed journalists after the visit, said the security challenges in the northern part of the country demand that all Nigerians should unite to address the problem.
“This problem is our problem. Every Nigerian, irrespective of religion, tribe, age, has a role to play, and the sooner we begin to play those roles, the better for Nigeria,’’ he said.
The former president, who led special prayers during the visit, condoled with the government and people of Gombe State over the loss.
Babangida said the emir’s death was a loss not only to the people of the state, but the country at large.
He called on other traditional rulers and Nigerians in general to emulate the virtues of the late monarch.
Buhari, who spoke at the emir’s palace, said he had cordial relationship with the late emir, and prayed that God should grant the people the fortitude to bear the loss.
The state Governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo, who received the former presidents, thanked them for identifying with the state during its period of sadness.