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.