Goodluck Jonathan, the former president of Nigeria has expressed worry over the reports of hate songs against the Igbo people of the South East in some states of the north, saying that it must not be ignored. He also expressed shock and disbelief over the Catholic Church shooting in Ozubulu, Anambra State that claimed the lives of many innocent worshipers on Sunday.
It can be recalled that a certain hate song has been circulating in the north against the Igbo lately. Curiously, it is coming on the heels of a quit notice handed down to Ndigbo by a coalition of northern youth groups to vacate the region on or before October 1, this year. The imbroglio generated by the ultimatum is yet to simmer down despite the litany of condemnations that trailed it.
In reaction to the ill developments on his Facebook page on Tuesday, the former President, mostly known for his sermons of peace and unity reminded the purveyors of the hate message that a similar song in Rwanda prompted a genocide whose pangs were still being felt to date. Like Rwanda, Nigeria had also passed through a 30 month civil war that saw over one million people dead and about the same figure languished in penury between 1967 and 1970.
Jonathan who notably reinforced love for willingly relinquishing power to President Muhammadu Buhari after 2015 Presidential election, while suing for peace also urged the security apparatus of the country to halt the spread of the hate song. He also condoled with the survivors and the families of the victims of the Anambra massacre and prayed for the soul of the departed.