Boko Haram Sect
Emmanuel Ugwu in Umuahia
Nigerians have been urged to undermine the divisive groups and individuals and raise the candles of unity to outshine the terrorist and divisive forces pulling the nation to the brink of collapse.
The advice was given by the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Kano State chapter, Chief Tobias Michael Idika, in its Christmas and New Year message which was made available to journalists in Umuahia.
He said: “We need to show love to our neighbours and lift up the candles of unity and hope for a better tomorrow.”
He said it was high time Nigerians rose up and defend the dignity of our great nation, adding that patriotism, which remains the major legacy bequeathed by the nation’s founding fathers, should be reinvigorated.
“When we refuse to support identified corrupt politicians and government officials, corruption will be minimised in our polity and in our budding economy,” he said.
Idika, who is also the President-General, Leaders of Ethnic Communities Resident in Kano State, frowned on the non-indigene syndrome, which had continued to affect the nation’s integration.
“We have seen countries with diverse ethno-religious backgrounds but co-exist and continue to emerge as political and economic super powers in the world,” he said.
Citing the United States as a good example of a strong nation built on diversities, Idika said “Ohanaeze is looking forward to seeing an emerging law abolishing this problem of natives and non-natives so as to further strengthen eh unity of his country.”
The Ohanaeze chieftain condemned the activities of the Boko Haram sect and similar groups, saying they have “in no small measure deal t a big blow to socio-economic development and national integration.”
He expressed regret that even with the havoc the sect had caused, “the government of President Goodluck Jonathan seems to be playing politics with the bane of terrorism in Nigeria even as innocent bloods are being shed on a daily basis.”
“Our stand remains that it is high time the Federal Government tackles the issue of insecurity headlong, at least for the sake of the common masses who are the major victims of this act of man’s inhumanity to man,” he said.