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Atiku condemns hate speeches, urges unity in diversity


Atiku Abubakar has condemned hate speech and songs being circulated across the country and called on Nigerians to imbibe unity in diversity always.
In a statement made available to newsmen by Atiku’s media office, the former vice president warned against inciting hate crimes and cautioned Nigerians involved in peddling hate speech drawing an example from the Rwandan genocide.
He called o n Security agencies to arrest and prosecute those behind a song that’s been circulating which says hateful things about the igbos.
There has been war of words since the IPOB led by its leader, Nnamdi Kanu began the agitation for the Independent state of Biafra for the Eastern part of the country.
“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,” the statement read.
“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. “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,” the statement added.

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