* Says Rwandan Genocide wa ignited through song
Former Vice Atiku Abubakar (Waziri of Adamawa) has called on security agencies to investigate and apprehend those behind a song,(Rwandan Déjà vu) circulating in some parts of the country disparaging the people of Igbo origin.
Atiku, who stated this in a statement he personally signed and made available to journalists in Abuja on Monday, said that the song is reminiscent of the beginnings of the Rwanda Genocide.
He reminded Nigerians 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 and called for caution to avoid such a déjà vu from occurring in Nigeria.
He said, “Simon Bikindi was convicted by the International Criminal court 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”.
He also condemned the mass shooting that left about 11 people dead in a Catholic Church in Ozubulu, Anambra State and urged security agents to ensure that those behind the attack are brought to book.
The former Vice President said, “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 scores 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.
“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”.
Francesca Iwambe, Abuja