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Nija News Update : April 2017

One of the lasting outcomes of the polarizing 2015 Presidential election in Nigeria is the heightened degree of ethnoreligious tension and division. This toxic brew of religious and ethnic friction is being compounded by a rigorously orchestrated message of worry from some social commentators, religious and political leaders. Concern-stained hatred has been polished and offered to the impoverished peasant Nigerians scattered in our rural areas as nicely because the depressed residents on the streets of cities struggling below the powerful financial system.


And discuss hassle coming in threes; add "killer" Fulani herdsmen to this boiling pot of animosity and you'll get an ideal recipe for catastrophe - surging of concern and hatred. And when hate surges, life is now not valuable. As increasingly more nation dwellers and metropolis folks of sever financial exclusion are injected with an overdose of concern and hatred on how different religions and ethnicities are coming for them, they succumb.


Do you understand what occurs when a society succumb to the "fear of the other"? It explodes.


From the massacre of dozens as they slept in Zaki-Biam; the killings in Kwande; the slaughter of a whole bunch in Southern Kaduna.; and the heinous crimes in Ile-Ife over easy dispute; hate crimes in Nigeria is more and more turning into dreadful and a day by day fixed.


The environment of hatred in Nigeria that's emboldening human beings to completely annihilate each other within the title of ethnic and religious distinction is troubling. These crimes usually are not remoted incidents. The slaughter of tons of in numerous episodes of ethnic conflicts has certified Nigeria as a rustic the place life is now not treasured.


The development of those senseless killings could also be gradual however the hazard is that there are millions of Nigerians led by the delusional brother Femi Fani-Kayode who've vowed a day by day combat for the destruction of the Nigerian State. The improbable objective of those fanatics is to realize ethnic and religious purity.


Unfortunately, these propagandists have solely succeeded in making Nigerians terrified of themselves. Now, the identical "Nyamiri" which have lived in your group for years, talking Hausa fluently is now an enemy whose head have to be chopped off as a result of he worships a "different" God. All of the sudden the identical "Aboki" man that you've been shopping for suya from for years is now a main suspect, one which have to be scorned, feared and hated. Now, we're in a horrible place the place we now not imagine in reconciliation after disputes.


I will paraphrase former US President Barack Obama right here: there isn't a profit in pretending that ethno-religious hatred doesn’t exist in Nigeria. There is no such thing as a profit avoiding a dialogue about it. The truth that this hatred retains surfacing in our communities means we are able to resolve them.


As a society, civilized or not, we're confronted with two choices; do one thing or let the promotion of hatred in some mainstream media like Vanguard Newspaper and faux information on social media go unchallenged.


Even if we not care about ourselves, we owe it to our progeny, to look deep for options to the issue. So, what steps ought to we be taking as Nigerians to considerably cut back, if not remove the surging of hate and subsequent senseless killings?


We must be selling a change in notion, notably for the younger era. We'd like the Nigerian youths to enhance their appreciation of people who find themselves completely different from them, come from totally different locations, have completely different backgrounds and worship totally different gods. To attain this, nonetheless, the federal government in any respect ranges ought to consciously cease stroking suspicion. Sectionalism shouldn't be perceived as a federal coverage in any type of guise or disguise.


To this finish, we should always problem President Buhari to exhibit to all of the Nigerians that the "killer" Fulani Herdsmen can't be allowed to freely roam about as weapons of mass destruction. Identical to Boko Haram was branded a terrorist group that doesn't signify nearly all of Muslims in Nigeria, the "killer" herdsmen needs to be remoted from the on a regular basis herdsmen and handled as terrorists.


President Buhari ought to, subsequently, display the identical resolve and success in preventing Boko Haram with these "killer" herdsmen. There may be little question that he can succeed if he sees this as a matter of pressing nationwide significance. At the identical time, the majority of the accountability of reorienting the mindset of those herdsmen away from horrendous violent acts rests with the Miyetti Allah Cattle Breeders Affiliation of Nigeria (MACBAN) and Arewa Consultative Discussion board (ACF).


We perceive the existence of the issue of cattle rustling, however that can't be addressed by the wanton destruction of human lives. Equally, ACF and MACBAN ought to re-construction the mindset of the extremists of their communities away from the provocative and ferocious acts of beheading and subsequent show of victim’s head. The resort to violence on the slightest disagreement should be condemned. ACF and MACBAN ought to attain out to members of their communities which are inclined to hate crime and prejudice and inculcate classes of tolerance.


We ought to problem our religious leaders to begin selling inclusiveness and variety quite than hatred and division. It represents our energy. We must always problem the political class to combat the unfold of hatred by making certain fairness. It's a technique of crippling the marketing campaign of concern led by brother Fani-Kayode by means of Vanguard Newspapers. Most significantly, authorities officials in any respect ranges, in collaboration with communities and the herdsmen ought to agree on concrete steps that can take the cattle off our streets and farmlands.


Let’s be clear: promotion of hatred and demonizing different ethnicities doesn't strengthen our ethnic nationalism. Relatively, it weakens us and exposes us to hatred with some palpable results; it tears communities apart; it leads to prejudice in opposition to teams and people due to their ethnicity and religion; it removes the choice of peaceful, non-violent negotiations in direction of equitable decision of battle; it prevents actions that promotes interfaith cooperation and mutual respect in our religiously numerous nation.
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