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August 16, 2018

That anti-Igbo hate song

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With less than five weeks to the expiration of the October 1, deadline for the quit notice, issued to all Igbos residing in the North, by the Coalition of Northern Youths (CNY) to leave that region or risk the destruction of their lives and property, the anxiety and tension which that ultimatum generated in the land, is being aggravated by yet an anti-Igbo hate song which has gone viral.

 

The promoters of this hate song, composed in Hausa Language have no other purpose than to prepare the Northern masses ahead of the October deadline, for eviction and slaughter of Igbo.

 

The hate song described Igbos as: “Useless children of thieves and unemployed… Ungrateful inyamiri people and fools… They did not support our president but rigged him out. Only Yorubas supported and collaborated with us. Hausa and Fulani also collaborated but Igbos refused and we don’t want them anymore… They killed Sardauna, Sir Ahmadu Bello, our hero; they did same with Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa…. “

 

Each stanza of the hate song was followed by a chorus: “Igbos are a curse to Nigeria, whose existence and birth as a people in Nigeria is useless, that abortion is greater than the birth of the bastards…”

 

The hate song was carefully worded, with the intention of causing deliberate mass incitement of Nigerians from the North against Igbos. That is why many well meaning and influential individuals and groups have raised the alarm that the time to save the country from crashing into the precipice is now. We see it as a serious challenge that must be addressed with the speed of light in order to preserve peace. The hate songs, if not stopped immediately, could become an anthem and another tool for ethnic genocide as was the case in Rwanda where genocide was ignited by a hate song. We take exception to all hate speeches including those by other ethnic agitators which are similarly filled with hate and derisions for other ethnic communities.

 

We are saddened by these hate speeches and songs because spoken words are very powerful. The bible itself recognizes that there is power in the tongue and that out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. The mouth is just the window through which the heart pours out itself. When one begins to make hate speeches, one is spoiling for war as hate speeches and songs dispose one mentally and emotionally for physically combat.

 

Every right thinking Nigerian is aware that the country is sitting on a keg of gun powder and that there is anxiety and nervousness in the land. The Federal Government must rise up to the occasion by handling this challenge with the firmness and strictness it calls for. It must stop paying lip service to these hate songs and speeches by the use of mere reprimands, and in this way massaging the situation rather than dealing with them.

 

Since government is not finding it easy to deal with the anxiety created by the Arewa Youth October Quit Notice to Igbos, which is fast approaching its deadline, everybody should avoid anything capable of worsening the situation.

 

We join all well meaning Nigerians to call on the security agencies to thoroughly and decisively swing into action and apprehend, prosecute, convict and severely punish those behind these ungodly songs and speeches which incite tribal hatred. Allowing these hate speeches and songs to continue in our already over-heated polity amounts to adding fuel to fire.

 

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