Rwanda ad­vises Nigeria to learn from geno­cide ex­pe­ri­ence

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The High Com­mis­sioner of the Repub­lic of Rwanda to Nigeria Am­bas­sador Joseph Habineza has called on Nige­ri­ans to learn from the geno­cide that led to loss of over a mil­lion cit­i­zens in the coun­try.

He also called on ter­ror­ists and their spon­sors in Nigeria to de­sist from such acts as they are ca­pa­ble of plung­ing Nigeria into an un­cer­tain fu­ture.

He said this while de­liv­er­ing his speech dur­ing events mark­ing the end of a week-long mourn­ing pe­riod which started on April 7 to com­mem­o­rate the 20th an­niver­sary of the Rwan­dan geno­cide held at the High Com­mis­sion on Sun­day in Abuja.

“The lessons that the world should learn from our tragedy are many and es­sen­tial. I im­plore my friends and broth­ers- Nige­ri­ans to take no­tice. No­body is born a killer, ma­nip­u­la­tions, brain­wash­ing and bad lead­er­ship lead to geno­cide. I want the politi­cians of this coun­try to put the coun­try first than their own in­ter­ests.

“Those who are back­ing ter­ror­ist groups should think twice. You know when you start those ac­tiv­i­ties but you may not know how and when it will end. Why should people die due to re­li­gion, af­ter all Is­lam and Chris­tian­ity are not Nige­rian in­ven­tions. Fo­cus on what you have in com­mon than the dif­fer­ences you have,” he said.

He charged Nige­ri­ans to re­solve their prob­lems us­ing di­a­logue and putting the na­tional in­ter­est first.

Re­call­ing the in­ci­dence, the en­voy said at the end of the 100 days of the geno­cide, per­pe­trated by the Hutu power mon­gers, which killed over a mil­lion Tut­sis and mod­er­ate Hu­tus, it took the re­silience and the never say die of the Rwan­dans to build a new Rwanda that ev­ery­body is cel­e­brat­ing to­day.

Habineza said af­ter geno­cide Ugan­dans stay united, be­ing ac­count­able and think­ing big and go­ing back to their cul­ture and tra­di­tion, they adopted their val­ues to help them over­come chal­lenges they were fac­ing.

“…Gacaca helped in trial of geno­cide sus­pects, umu­ganda is help­ing in unity and de­vel­op­ment, ubudehe and girinka are help­ing in poverty al­le­vi­a­tion, and many more home grown so­lu­tions helped to re­store unity among Rwan­dans. We iden­tify our­selves as “Umun­yarwanda” and no longer as umuhutu, umu­tutsi or Umutwa,” he said.

He added that Rwanda has made achieve­ments in busi­ness, ICT house sec­tor, agri­cul­ture, women em­pow­er­ment, good gov­er­nance, se­cu­rity to men­tion a few.

“For my fel­low Africans, We have to think and act big, we think that it’s time for Africa to take re­spon­si­bil­ity of our des­tiny and not wait for out­siders to come and solve our prob­lems!

The Rwan­dan ex­pe­ri­ence should teach us to un­der­stand the world and know that in pol­i­tics there is no per­ma­nent friend­ship but per­ma­nent in­ter­ests! We should not be naive! Our nat­u­ral and hu­man re­sources should ben­e­fit us and not threaten us at­tract­ing civil wars, in­sur­gen­cies and ter­ror­ism,” he ad­mon­ished.

Nigeria’s for­mer Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Prof. Ibrahim Gam­bari, who was recog­nised for his role in alert­ing the world on the un­fold­ing geno­cide in 1994, told jour­nal­ists that Rwanda has made tremen­dous progress in re­newal of unity, rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, and re­con­struc­tion af­ter the geno­cide.

He ad­mon­ished Nige­ri­ans to learn from the Rwanda geno­cide cit­ing some in­ci­dences of vi­o­lence in Nigeria. “We can­not say it can­not hap­pen here, it is al­ready hap­pen­ing, so we must unite, we must stop the kind of sit­u­a­tion we are fac­ing in our coun­try Nigeria, we must learn from Rwanda and stop prac­tic­ing pol­i­tics of ex­clu­sion.”

Rwanda High Com­mis­sioner to Nigeria Mr, Joseph Habineza, dur­ing the 20th com­mem­o­ra­tion of the geno­cide in Abuja.

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