Atiku warns against Rwan­dan ex­pe­ri­ence

Daily Trust - - INSIDE POLITICS - By Muideen Olaniyi

Former Vice Pres­i­dent Atiku Abubakar yes­ter­day warned against any ac­tion that will shift Nige­ria to­wards geno­cide as wit­nessed in Rwanda.

The APC chief­tain gave the warn­ing in a state­ment is­sued in which he con­demned a song said to be dis­parag­ing peo­ple of Igbo ori­gin.

He con­demned the devel­op­ment and called on all men of good­will to rise up against what he termed the “evil.”

“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,” said Atiku.

The Wazirin Adamawa, there­fore, called on se­cu­rity agen­cies to swing into ac­tion and ap­pre­hend, try, con­vict and pun­ish those be­hind the “un­godly song” which in­cited racial ha­tred.

He said, “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 then most pop­u­lar mu­si­cian, Si­mon Bikindi. God for­bid that we should have such a déjà vu in Nige­ria,” he said.

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