Anti-Igbo Song: Buhari’s Silence Implies Support For Arewa Youths – Reno Omokri


Following reports of an anti-Igbo song circulating in northern Nigeria, a former presidential media aide, Reno Omokri, has expressed concern over President Muhammadu Buhari’s silence.

In a series of tweets, Omokri expressed noted that the president is yet to condemn the action of the songs’ promoters. He lamented that the anti-Igbo hate song took its root when the Arewa Youths who gave the Igbo quit notice were not apprehended by security agencies. Hear him:

“1-5 days after it became public knowledge that an anti-Igbo hate song is circulating in Nigeria we’ve radio silence from the president.

“Vacationing President Muhammadu Buhari, who condemned the Ozubulu killings in a statement, has nothing to say about the anti-Igbo hate song. How won’t the anti-Igbo hate song take root when the Arewa Youths who gave the Igbo quit notice are walking around freely in public.

“In the wake of the anti-Igbo song, I remind the Buhari administration that we’ve not forgotten the speed of their one sided arrest during the Ife Yoruba-Hausa clash!”

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Omokri also accused the President of tyranny while condemning the clampdown on anti-Buhari protesters by officers of the FCT Police Command.

Anti-Igbo Song

“The incident at the Unity Fountain involving Charles Oputa and others only proves dictators may grow old, but they don’t grow into democrats!

“These people including President Muhammadu Buhari himself, Nasir El-Rufai, and other top shots of the present All Progressives Congress government protested against Goodluck Jonathan and were never tear gassed or harassed!

“Now what they enjoyed freely under Jonathan, they deprive Nigerians of so brutally. Yet they called Jonathan a ‘tyrant’.”

Since news of the song became public knowledge, prominent Nigerians like Atiku Abubakar have condemned the song warning that the country should not be allowed to slide into genocide like Rwanda.

While urging all Nigerians to condemn what he described as “reminiscent of the beginning of the Rwandan genocide”, Atiku called on security agencies to fish out and bring to trial those responsible for the song.

Atiku’s condemnation also drew the support of other prominent northerners, including former Kaduna State governor, Alhaji Balarabe Musa; Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Mohammed; and Arewa Youth Consultative Forum leader, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, who said such a development should not be tolerated by the government.

While the former governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa called for every Nigerian to support every effort geared towards coming up with a law against hate speech, the National President of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum, Alhaji Yerima Shettima, dissociated himself and the group from it.

However, following Atiku’s outright condemnation of the hate song, former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has said he has respect for the former vice-president.

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Speaking via his Twitter page on Wednesday, August 9, Fani-Kayode stated that Atiku understands Nigeria’s challenges. In his words:

“I respect @atiku. He supports restructuring and has warned about the looming genocide of Igbos in the north. He understands our challenges.”

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