Re: How did we get here?

Sunday Trust - - VIEWPOINT - Sani Bala Sani wrote from Kano

Imust com­mend Deb­o­rarh Phillips for her ob­jec­tive sub­mis­sions that Nigeria is a country built on one­ness, love and tol­er­ance de­spite our di­ver­sity, in her letter to the ed­i­tor in the Mon­day Septem­ber 25, edi­tion of Daily Trust. In fact, the two ma­jor re­li­gions prac­ticed in Nigeria Is­lam and Chris­tian­ity–preach peace and love.

Lan­guage, eth­nic­ity, back­ground and re­li­gion have never been ex­cuses to hate one an­other as far as the true teach­ings of our dear re­li­gions are con­cerned. Is­lam par­tic­u­larly ad­vices us to love our neigh­bours as we would love our­selves no mat­ter the race or re­li­gion; as a mat­ter of fact, Prophet Muham­mad (Peace Be Upon Him) was re­ported to have men­tioned that he never thought his life would come to an end with­out hav­ing the rev­e­la­tion that one’s neigh­bour could in­herit him.

I was par­tic­u­larly caught by your fourth para­graph where you men­tioned the over-de­bated is­sue of quit no­tice by the North­ern Youth Coali­tion some months ago (which for me is a mat­ter that should be al­lowed to rest as the is­sue has been suc­cess­fully ar­rested for now). I must say that you didn’t do jus­tice to the ob­jec­tiv­ity of your letter with that as­ser­tion.

I am par­tic­u­larly not in any way sup­port­ing their action by ask­ing our Igbo broth­ers and sis­ters to va­cate the North. Like­wise, I am not blam­ing them for their action. The love, one­ness and unity built and sus­tained by our fore fa­thers were first de­stroyed by our eastern and south­ern com­pa­tri­ots.

For a fact, we have kept our prom­ise for unity and one­ness in the North. You live in Kano and you have spent a pre­cious part of your life in the North and I don’t think you have ever wit­nessed a sit­u­a­tion where an Igbo man was treated dif­fer­ently. Ninety five per cent of Sabon Gari area in Kano is dom­i­nated by the Igbo; same as Panisau, where they pur­chase vi­able plot of lands and build man­sions; not to talk of Badawa area. Even in Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State, where I come from, we live with them in har­mony.

Fi­nally, I will like to call your at­ten­tion to the fact that North and Is­lam have al­ways sym­bol­ized peace (for­get the bad eggs who mis­un­der­stand the teach­ings of Is­lam and call them­selves Mus­lims). There­fore, if Nigeria has to con­tinue as one our eastern coun­ter­parts have to change their ways by re­spect­ing and lov­ing our peo­ple liv­ing in their re­gions as we do their broth­ers liv­ing with us.

We have to also re­spect our el­ders and our pres­i­dent who has warned against pro­lif­er­a­tion of hate speech and ac­tions that are ca­pa­ble of threat­en­ing our unity and peace as a na­tion.

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