Nigerians should learn to live in peace

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By Sadeeq Sada

Recent happenings around the globe as it relates to the issues of ethnicity and religious bigotry cannot be ignored especially at a time when Nigeria and indeed the whole world are going through a transformational wave. From the Arab spring at the beginning of 2010 to the recent Black Lives Matter campaign and the #EndSARS campaign here at home, one can deduce that all these are a product of the divide and rule tactics of the elite.

I am a Hausa/Fulani from the North who had the privilege and honour to attend a Federal Government College in the early 90s, where I came across people from all parts of Nigeria and cohabited in peace without recourse to ethnicity and religion to which am forever grateful to the founding fathers of the institution. My biggest take away from this institution was that we are united and indivisible as a people, living side by side to attain greatness while exhibiting our various God-given potentials.

I can also remember clearly during my sojourn in Europe as a young undergraduate student to have been harboured by my Yoruba and Igbo brothers at different times to achieve greatness, while far away from home. This was made possible all in the spirit of one Nigeria, united under God.

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I sincerely thank all those Nigerians I have met, whom have contributed immensely to my life that are not Hausa Fulani.

The reason for this brief about my personal experience is to highlight that being Hausa, Yoruba or Igbo is highly insignificant in project Nigeria, which I believe most of us, if not all are committed to achieving.

Now there have been several write ups from very learned people across the country accusing the president and commander in chief in person of Muhammadu Buhari GCFR of nepotism, religious bigotry, etc. in manners relating to the discharge of his duties and responsibilities as president. One of such was the recent appointment of the service chiefs; then there was the issue of the IGP. Of late, there is the accusation by a leading newspaper of the president appointing a northerner to head the EFCC.

Those involved in these campaigns of calumny against the president, in my view, are the elites that believe in the philosophy of divide and rule. Why? Because the constitution is very specific about political appointments into Ministries, Departments and Agencies and the federal character principle in my opinion is specific as it relates to the appointment of ministers, with each state having a representation.

As president or governor, I believe one has the right to choose and or select people within the society that he/she deems capable irrespective of their ethnic or religious background to help him/her in the discharge of his/her duties. Hence the constant bashing by some pundits and a select section of the media is highly unnecessary, malicious and dangerous for a country that once fought a civil war based on ethnic retaliation, of which the wounds are still being patched.

We should not translate freedom into irresponsibility, by inciting people against each other, either ethnically or religiously. Violence has a very costly price, which we all saw happen with our brothers and sisters in Rwanda.

Peace and unity must come to us at all cost, for there is no price too high for a peaceful and prosperous Nigeria.

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