Chief of Defence Staff, General Christopher Musa, has urged Nigerians migrating to other nations to stay back for the love and stability of their country.
Speaking on Monday, he said there is a need for the people to have confidence in Nigeria and fight together for its peace and progress.
Musa made the appeal when he visited ailing personnel at the Defence Headquarters Hospital, Abuja, to mark Christmas and his birthday.
The Defence chief urged every citizen to exhibit love for the country because running away is not a solution. He also called on Nigerians to take ownership of the challenges facing the country.
The CDS said the security challenge bedevelling the nation is not an Armed Forces challenge or police or that of any individual, rather it is a collective effort for Nigeria and all Nigerians should put their hands together.
He said; “We must stay and fight whatever the challenge is. Those countries they are running to stood back and fought and got to where they are. If they had ran away, they would not have achieved that for them to go and meet them.
“We cannot do it alone. We need the support of everyone. When you see something, say something, report as quickly as possible so that measures can be put in place adequately. We will continue to seek for support of members of the public to take ownership of our challenges.
“Nigeria is our own. If Nigeria succeeds, we all succeed, if Nigeria fails we all fail and we don’t want Nigeria to fail. So I call on all Nigerians to give us all the support”.
Musa said the visit to the hospital was in tune with his leadership concept, which is people-centric. He said that the outreach was to ensure that people, both the security agents and the citizens, felt the impact of love being shared especially their healthcare.
“It is for them to always know that we are always with them; we are praying with them, and we want them to recover so that they can come back fully to life.
“We will continue to do that as we have been doing. So this is just not a one-off thing, it is something we do regularly,” he said.