Kaduna: Indigeneship, citizenship dichotomy a cancer set to destroy Nigeria – Commission
The indigeneship, citizenship dichotomy in Nigeria has become a cancer that would destroy the country if not quickly addressed, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO Kaduna State Peace Commission, Dr Saleh Momale, has said.
Addressing 2021 citizen summit on national integration, peace and security, organised by the Nigerian Institute of Public Relations, Kaduna state chapter, Momale, who was represented by the Permanent Commissioner of the Commission, Hajiya Khadijah Hawajah Gambo, said there was need to forestall another civil war as ethnic and religious diversities have been taken to the extreme.
The guest speaker blamed the elite for the apparent division everywhere, noting that everyone is angry with the grievances bottled up. She, however, called for a national talk, which she said Nigerians have run away from for too long, saying: “We need to air out the grievances in a fair, just atmosphere to lead to negotiation and agreement to live together in Nigeria to respect one another as citizens irrespective of population.
“Most Nigerians are very religious but only very few are godly, the elite conspiracy which is the result of the proliferation of arms in our neighbourhoods, using religious colourations and spoiling the minds of the young people to inappropriately push for rights and other agitations in their favour is worrisome.
“There is misuse of religious institution for exploitations and manipulations as some worship places are found guilty of preaching extremism and hate speech hence breeding people who are more godly than religious. Injustice especially around political and economic systems are of concern too.”
In their separate addresses at the summit, the NIPR National President, Alhaji Mukhtar Sirajo and the Kaduna state Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Mr. Samuel Aruwan both stressed on the misuse of national diversity which is supposed to be Nigeria’s richness.
They both posited that today’s discussions and activities are often associated with sentiments based on geopolitical location, tribe, religion and region and loss of national identity because of over alienation to indigene/citizens dichotomy.
Kaduna State Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Alhaji Galadima Zubairu in his remarks, said “lack of documentation of our own history and happenings by ourselves; allowing and giving preferences to alien literatures that comes from myopic minds and short-sighted personnel, will continually give a negative picture of our state fueling crisis in our society, hence such should be avoided”.