9 August 2017
Former President Goodluck Jonathan has reacted to the anti-Igbo song that is being circulated within Northern Nigeria, condemning it as one that can easily ignite genocide.
In a post published on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Dr. Jonathan pointed out that hate song similar to the anti-Igbo song ignited the Rwandan Genocide.
Dr. Jonathan recalled that the Rwandan Genocide in which hundreds of thousands of people were killed was ignited by a similar song.
The post on the social media platform also served as an opportunity for Dr. Jonathan to condole with the people of Anambra State over the church attack in which 12 worshippers lost their lives as he charged Nigerians to rededicate themselves to the culture of looking out for each other.
The post read: “I have taken my time before commenting on the killings at the St. Philips Catholic Church, Ozubulu, in Anambra state, in order that I could be accurately briefed on the truth of the matter.
“However, I condemn the killings and express my shock at such an event which is outside our culture of respect and reverence for religious places of worship and love for our fellow man.
“I condole with the survivors and the families of the victims and pray for the departed.
“In order to ensure that such occurrences never reoccur, we must rededicate ourselves to our principles of being our brother’s keeper and that without delay.
“I am also disturbed about the news of a song celebrating hatred against a particular Nigerian ethnic group.
“Given that a similar song is what ignited the Rwandan Genocide, as a nation, we must not take these reports lightly.
“I urge the security services to do their utmost to nip this wickedness in the bud.
“As I have said previously, we must understand and accept that all Nigerians are brothers and sisters born from the womb of one Nigeria.
“May this be uppermost in our minds as we pray that God may bless Nigeria. GEJ.”