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UN Alerts ECOWAS, AU On Human Rights, Condemn Northern Leaders For Endorsing Genocide Against The Igbo

 

 

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Following the UN experts’ report, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination held its 93rd session between July 31 and August 25, 2017. Acting under its “Early Warning and Urgent Action Procedure,” the Committee said it was deeply concerned “by the rise of racist hate speech and incitement to violence against the Igbo people, including through the recording and wide distribution of a song and audio message in Hausa language which describe the Igbos in hateful and derogatory terms.” It added that the Committee was “Alarmed by the public ultimatum issued by a number of northern youth groups, forums, and coalitions on 6 June 2017 calling all Igbos in northern Nigeria to leave their homes by 1 October 2017,” noting that the ultimatum “may have been recently withdrawn.”
The Committee decried “reports that other local elders and leaders have endorsed the ultimatum and expressed their support for such racist hate speech targeting and threatening the Igbos,” adding that it was “deeply worried by the information that some Igbo families have already started moving out from their villages and homes in northern Nigeria to avoid any possible harm to their personal integrity.”

The UN body drew attention to Nigeria’s membership of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and of the African Union as well as a State party to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights. It stated that Nigeria must “increase its efforts in systematically rejecting and condemning, including by high-level and local public officials and leaders, any form of racist hate speech, incitement to hatred and violence, and the dissemination of ideas of ethnic superiority.”
The UN body recommended that Nigeria “take immediate action to stop and prevent the continued circulation and dissemination of the hateful song and audio message mentioned above,” and “to exercise due diligence to halt, prevent and investigate acts of racist hate speech and incitement to hatred and violence against the Igbo people, in accordance with international human rights standards, with a view to bringing perpetrators to justice, punishing them adequately if convicted, and compensating victims.”
The UN Committee urged Nigeria to “ensure the protection of all its citizens from ethnic hatred, and take effective measures to ensure that Igbo people can fully exercise their rights stipulated in the Convention, including the right to security of person and protection against violence or bodily harm, the right to freedom of movement and residence, and the right to own property.”
It finally called on “all local and national authorities in Nigeria to promptly and firmly address the underlying causes of the ethnic tensions in Nigeria, with a view to avoiding repeated ethnic-based violence, and to promote intercultural dialogue between different ethnic groups based on diversity, respect, and inclusiveness.”
According to the Committee, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights had been mandated “to draw the attention of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the African Union to the human rights situation of the Igbo in northern Nigeria.”

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Anti-Igbo Songs: FG Intercepts 3 More Songs |The Republican News

•Police hunt for composers, as Ohanaeze condemns northern leaders’ silence

From Magnus Eze, Abuja

Federal Government, yesterday, said it had intercepted three anti-Igbo songs in circulation. It condemned the act, saying voices of hate, misunderstanding and lack of appreciation had begun to blur the beautiful diversity for which the world admired Nigeria.

“NOA is in possession of at least three songs already recorded to preach hate in our communities. Two out of these songs are in mass circulation in the social media, particularly on Facebook and Youtube. The latest one has only released three days ago. The more disturbing part of this is that each of the songs appears to want to outdo the other,” Director General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Dr Garba Abari, said at a press conference in Abuja.

Abari who disclosed that security agencies have begun a manhunt for composers and sponsors of the hate songs and recordings vowed that government would do everything possible to protect lives and property of Nigerians.

“We are also aware that messages from Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) group have continually been filled with hate and derision for other ethnic communities.  We have also noticed that those who dare to call them to order have become the subject of attack by these groups through their songs and messages,” he stated.

He said the current altercations and vituperations of hate across the country by individuals, well-known leaders, religious leaders, groups of persons and organisations were ominous signs of looming disaster, which if unchecked, would plunge the country into crisis with deadly destructive effects.

The NOA DG noted that Acting President Yemi Osinbajo had devoted most of the last two months in consultations with leaders of thoughts from every region to re-emphasise the imperatives of unity, stressing that from those consultations, it was clear that Nigerians were desirous of a united country.

He further disclosed that State Directorates and Community Orientation and Mobilisation Officers (COMOs) of NOA had been directed to commence peace-building sensitization and advocacy visits to settler communities to reassure them of government’s commitment to their safety and security, in order to contain the several agitations by Ethno-religious interests, which had also led to illegal quit orders and counter orders against some communities.

He added that the agency would soon embark on a nationwide advocacy campaign against hate and intolerance.

Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has flayed the silence of some northern leaders in the wake of the rising wave of hate songs against Igbo.

President General of the body, Chief John Nnia Nwodo said it was surprising that northern leaders were yet to openly condemn the hate songs.

He stated this in a statement he personally signed.

“The current Hausa hate song trending in the social media is despicable, sad and disappointing. Ohanaeze is appalled that prominent leaders in the north  (with the exception of a few), have allowed this development to flourish without reproach.

“The Arewa youths have stoked the embers of hatred to a discomforting temperature. The toleration of their criminal conduct has portrayed the Federal government as biased and unfair.”

The former minister of information added: “Their quit notice to fellow Nigerians to leave any part of Nigeria strikes at the fundamental rights of citizenship. It is a call for the dissolution of the country. Their call for an inventory and seizure of assets of Nigerians living in the North is conversion. It amounts to a daylight robbery of lawful property.

“The declaration of mop up action after October 1 to deal with those who resist their quit notice order is a declaration of war. It is surprising that on top of all these, a hate song calling for more hatred, despise and “abortion” has been allowed to fester. Yet, no one is arrested. All the orders of arrest from Kaduna State and the IGP seem to be ambivalent and unreal. The youths meet freely with governors of northern Nigeria and northern leaders showing that they enjoy their support.”

The Ohanaeze boss warned that the development signals the beginning of a national catastrophe which if not nipped in the bud will snowball into incalculable damage to the continued existence of Nigeria as one country.

Many prominent Nigerians and groups including former president Goodluck Jonathan, ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and former Abia governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu, have condemned the hate songs recorded in Hausa.  (The Sun)

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Anti-Igbo Song In The North: Ohanaeze Flays Silence Of Northern Leaders |RN

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President General of Ohanaeze, Dr Nnia Nwodo

…warns of the consequences

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The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has flayed what it called the silence of some northern leaders on hate songs against Igbo currently trending in the country.
President General of the Ohanaeze Ndigbo Chief John Nnia Nwodo in a statement said it was surprising that northern leaders are yet to openly condemn the hate songs.

Nwodo said:  “The current Hausa hate song trending in the social media is despicable, sad and disappointing. Ohanaeze is appalled that prominent leaders in the north (with the exception of a few), have allowed this development to flourish without reproach.
“The Arewa youths have stoked the embers of hatred to a discomforting temperature. The toleration of their criminal conduct has portrayed the Federal government as biased and unfair. ”
The former minister of Information continued:   “Their quit notice to fellow Nigerians to leave any part of Nigeria strikes at the fundamental rights of citizenship. It is a call for the dissolution of the country. Their call for an inventory and seizure of assets of Nigerians living in the North is conversion. It amounts to a day light robbery of lawful property.

“The declaration of mop up action after October 1st, 2017 to deal with those who resist their quit notice order is a declaration of war. It is surprising that on top of all these a hate songs calling for more hatred, despise and “abortion” has been allowed to fester. Yet no one is arrested. All the orders of arrest from Kaduna state and the IGP seem to be ambivalent and unreal. The youths meet freely with Governors of Northern Nigeria and Northern leaders showing that they enjoy their support. .”
The Ohanaeze boss warned that  “this development signals the beginning of a national catastrophe which if not nipped in the bud will snowball into incalculable damage to our continued existence as one country. Ohanaeze gives notice to the Federal government to deal with this situation decisively or forever be held responsible for the consequences this abdication of responsibility provoke. A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.”  (The Sun)

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Anti-Igbo Song: Nnamdi Kanu Tells Ndigbo To Leave The North |RN

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IPOB Leader, Nnamdi Kanu

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The leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra, Nnamdi Kanu, has urged Igbo people living in the North to relocate to their homeland. He spoke in reaction to a newly-released anti-Igbo song circulating in most northern states.

Kanu, who gave the come-back-home advice while speaking with journalists in his Afraukwu Umuahia country home, said the song was only a prelude to the October 1 quit notice by Arewa youths.

He described the anti-Igbo song as “evil, satanic and pre-genocidal,” and warned Igbo people in the North not to ignore the grave implications of the messages conveyed in the song, adding that the song was a further confirmation of the alleged plots to kill the Igbo living in the North.

Kanu said, “I am aware of an anti-Igbo song circulating now in the North. My reaction has been to warn our people in the North that the pogrom being hatched by our enemies will come. There is an impending doom for our people living in the North.

Related: Anti-Igbo Threat: Police Fail To Arrest Arewa Youth Leaders Despite El-Rufai’s Order

“So, the best they can do is to leave the North and come home so that we can have our Biafra and build an economy capable of assimilating and absorbing all their potential and creative abilities.”  (Punchng.com)

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Atiku Condemns Circulating Anti-Igbo Song In The North|The Republican News

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Waziri Adamawa, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku

…Says, ‘Nigeria does not need a Rwandan Déjà vu

A former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has condemned a song purportedly circulating which disparage people of Igbo ethnic origin of Nigeria. The song was also said to have wished the Igbo dead.

In a release issued, on Monday, a copy of which was sent to Daily Sun, the  Waziri Adamawa, rejected any attempt to send the country in the way of the infamous Rwandan genocide, of which the song circulating was capable of achieving.

The statement read: “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.

“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.

“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”.

“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 almost a score 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. May God comfort them as no man can.

“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.  (The Sun)

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