Monday, August 7, 2017

Ex VP Atiku Abubakar decries anti-Igbo song, says it could recreate ‘Rwanda experience’

Ex - Vice President Atiku Abubakar has warned against the circulation of a song purpotedly emanating from Northern Nigeria and reportedly anti - Igbo.

In a blog, the Waziri Adamawa had argued that Nigeria doesn’ t need what he described as “a Rwandan Déjà vu ,” reiterating his condemnation of “the release of a song disparaging people of Igbo origin . ”

Entitled ‘Nigeria Does Not Need a Rwandan Déjà vu ,’ Atiku wrote:

It has come to my attention that a song disparaging people of Igbo origin , and which wishes them dead , is circulating in some parts of the nation. I totally and unequivocally condemn this development , and I call on all men of goodwill to rise up against this evil .

This song is reminiscent of the beginnings of the Rwanda Genocide. Nigerians need to be aware that the Rwanda Genocide was believed to have been ignited by a song titled ‘Nanga Abahutu (I hate Hutus), ’ sung by Rwanda’ s most popular musician at the time , Simon Bikindi . God forbid that we should have such a déjà vu in Nigeria .

I call on the security agencies to thoroughly and decisively swing into action and apprehend , try, convict and severely punish those behind this ungodly song which incites racial hatred .

Simon Bikindi was convicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for igniting and aiding the Rwandan genocide . Thus, let those who think they can treat their fellow citizens so unjustly know that within and outside Nigeria exist mechanisms that will ensure they answer to their crimes.

I call on all men of goodwill to remember those immortal lines from our former National Anthem, “ Though tribe and tongue may differ , in brotherhood we stand . ”

The effects of hate in any shape or form were made even more evident over the weekend , in a mass shooting incident that left many of us reeling with shock. I commiserate with the people of Ozubulu in Anambra State , who lost family members in the fatal shooting that also left almost a score injured . I pray that peace will return to their minds and their community soon , even as the police work hard to get to the bottom of the matter . May God comfort them as no man can.

The difference between us as Nigerians is not a difference in our tribe or our religion .

It was and remains a difference based on whether we are good Nigerians or bad Nigerians, and I am very certain that the good Nigerians far outnumber the very few bad ones.

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