All Progressives Congress, APC, chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has accused the opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party PDP of plotting the hate speeches, especially the now viral hate song in Hausa Language, inciting the rest of the North on a genocide against the Igbo.
Odigie who made the accusation in reaction to the audio recording making round that incites the North, especially the youths to engage in genocide against the Igbo people, described the song as “dangerous and despicable” and called on the security agencies to apprehend those behind the recording and other similar acts “no matter who they are.”
According to him: “the rising wave of hate speeches, negative religious and ethnic utterances and actions as is currently being experienced, is part of the fallouts of the 2015 presidential election.
“Anyone participating in an election knows that there could only be two outcomes, you win or you lose. When you lose, you prepare for the next election. What we have seen however is that since 2015, some politicians and political groups have carried on as if they wished the country itself to collapse just because they are no longer in power. This is tragic indeed”, he said in apparent reaction to the former ruling party, the PDP.
“Every ethnic based crises of whatever nature had started with hate speech. When people within the same country frame and define one another in the manner intended to set them up for violent attack, then they are setting themselves up for a major disaster”.
“The merchants of hate don’t know or just don’t care about the consequences of the fire they are stoking in the country. But they have the experiences of other countries to learn from. Rwanda remains a classic example on our continent. However, even as terrible as Rwanda was, it would be nothing compared to what could happen if a huge country like Nigeria is allowed to fall into the disaster of hate-driven conflict. This is why we must all rise, regardless of our political differences and condemn these ugly and shameful acts with one voice”.
“We cannot sit idle and watch a few disgruntled individuals destroy our democracy, and God forbids, the nation that we all fought hard to achieve and build.”
Nevertheless, the APC government, of which party, Oyegun chairs, has been accused by generality of Nigerians of scratching the surface of the very threatening issues confronting the country.
Part of the evident presented by these critics is the inability of the federal to make any move of arrest on the Arewa youths who had issued quit notice on the Igbo to vacate the northern territories before October 1st or risk the violence that would precipitated their refusal to leave.
This is despite the directive from both Acting President Yemi Osibanjo and Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai.
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