A coalition of civil society groups has applauded the call by Malam Uba Sani, Governor Nasir elRfai’s Special Adviser on Political and Inter-Governmental Relations for peace and dialogue as vital instruments in moments of conflicts and disagreements in a democracy, rather than hate speeches.
A statement made available to newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday, signed by Abdullahi Yunusa on behalf of the Arewa Dialogue Promoters and Christopher Bako Dangana for Unity and Peace Advocates noted that at this point in the nation’s history, “We have a duty to identify with all the ongoing efforts to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari administration succeeds. Having come this far, all that the present administration deserves from us is prayers for socio-economic revival, as success has already been massively recorded in the war against corruption and insurgency, while sanity and accountability has been brought into governance at all levels.
“As a coalition committed to peace and Rule of Law therefore, we totally align with the recent admonition by the governor’s Adviser during his interactive session with newsmen in Kaduna, in which he cautioned against all forms of hate speech by any group regardless of whichever part of this country the group comes from, as such an act is capable of unnecessarily overheating the polity.”
The group said, it strongly condemned the resurrection of divisive cry of war by youth from both the North and South, “especially at a time efforts are geared towards improving the living conditions of all Nigerians by the Buhari administration”.
They also stressed that: “we wish to reiterate our call for dialogue rather than hate speeches or war cry. And just like the Kaduna Political Adviser noted, an important instrument of democracy is that we agree to disagree or disagree to agree, but dialogue remains supreme, while hate speech has no place in today’s world”.
The group therefore expressed hope that the youth groups from the North and South would place Nigeria first in everything they do and “embrace the spirit of dialogue and brotherhood now and always”, while cautioning the youth against “making inflammatory statements capable of overheating the polity”.