Beware of trending anti-Igbo song in Northern Nigeria, Atiku warns FG

Former Vice President and chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abuba­kar, has appealed to the Federal Government to arrest

the ugly situation in the country, which has led to the trending anti Igbo music in some parts of north­ern Nigeria.

Atiku, who condemned the inciting song, warned that steps must be urgently taken to arrest and prosecute all those behind the anti-Igbo music.

He cautioned that Nigeria must not be allowed to drift into the Rwandan genocide way that led to the massacre of millions of Hutus by their Tut­si counterparts, which he not­ed began with a wide spread of an anti-Hutu music.

In a statement which he is­sued on Monday in Abuja on Monday, Atiku condemned the circulating music and called on Nigerians to condemn the hate music, noting that the song is reminiscent of the beginnings of the Rwanda genocide, which he warned Nigerians need to be aware of.

He called for the immedi­ate arrest and prosecution of the musician and all who have hands in the spread of the song.

Atiku said: “The Rwan­da Genocide was believed to have been ignited by a song ti­tled ‘Nanga Abahutu’ (I hate Hutus) song, 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, exists mechanisms that will ensure they answer to their crimes.

“I call on all men of good­will to remember those immor­tal lines from our former Na­tional Anthem “though tribe and tongue may differ, in broth­erhood we stand,” he said.

He commiserated with vic­tims of the shooting incident which left several worshippers dead at an Ozubulu Catholic Church in Anambra State.

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