EMERGENCY PRESS RELEASE ON THE INCITING SONG CURRENTLY CIRCULATING IN NORTHERN NIGERIA
Foundation for Peace Professionals has in its possession, a hate and inciting song, obtained through the social media and currently circulating in Northern Nigeria.
We urge the Federal Government to take immediate action to avert the Rwanda Genocide experience that may likely occur as a result of the destructive song.
The trending song, which was voiced by an unknown female artist in Hausa language, was carefully worded, with the intention of causing deliberate mass incitement of Nigerians from the North against those from the Igbo extraction. This is a serious matter that must be addressed with the speed of light, if the current peace shall be preserved.
In our candidate estimation, the song is a threat to national security and we can’t imagine the extent of genocide that may likely occur, should the Federal Government not mobilize all resources within its capacity to avert the catastrophic response that may break out in the next few weeks, if not days.
The song is dangerous, inciting and capable of drawing the country into another civil war and we must act fast to stop it.
We are using this opportunity to call on the Federal Government of Nigeria under the leadership of the acting President, Prof YeminOsinbajo, all security agencies, all Northern Governors and traditional rulers, particularly in fragile states like Kano, Kaduna, Jos, Bauchi, Borno, Yobe and others to immediately take steps, not only to withdraw the song from circulation and embark on extensive media advocacy in Hausa to counter the deadly incitement, but to also mobilize strategic security responses to address any reaction that may break out as a result of the hate song. This is an emergency that must be taken with all seriousness.
All Northern leaders must with immediate effect, condemn and dissociate themselves from this barbaric song and urge the people never to attack any Nigerian of Igbo extraction living in the North.
While we strongly condemn those who produced the song and circulated it on the social media, we urge them to understand that the fire they are about to light may not spear them.
Finally, inciting the masses into committing genocide against a people is not the best way to respond to whatever situation. We urge all Nigerians to cherish peace and continue to work towards building better understanding.
Abdulrazaq O Hamzat
Foundation for Peace Professionals