Nigerians need to unite to confront corruption, nepotism – Don
By Mustapha Yauri
Abuja, Jan. 10, 2019 (NNN) Prof. Dahiru Yahaya, History Department, Bayero University Kano, said Nigerians needed to unite across sections and belief to confront the dangers of corruption, nepotism, disregard to constitution and rule of law foR the progress of the country.
Yahaya made the call during the open conference on the `State of the Nation` organised by Initiative for Conciliation and Rights Protection (ICRP) on Thursday in Abuja.
The conference had its theme as `protection and promotion of human rights and lives for peace, unity and progress’, focused on fate of the Nigerian political prisoners, rule of law, human rights and economy.
Yahaya said: “As Nigerians we have to unite, to suppress our inner impulses which are not correct; we have to avoid greed and disregard fear to enable us achieve this aim.”
He noted that there was poverty in the north and the crises in the region aggravated the situation due the lack of good leadership.
The don added that the Sultan and other traditional rulers as well as religious leaders should emulate Muslim leaders in Malaysia, Iraq and Iran by providing opportunities to empower their people.
He noted that the Sultan and some traditional rulers were on government payroll and therefore could not oppose whatever government did either good or bad because they were part of the government.
According to him, northern Nigeria is the sufferer not the rest of the country; if we don’t take matters the ways it should be, there may be a civil war in the region.
“Boko Haram in the north east, ethno-religious crises in the Plateau and Benue states of the north central and another crisis in the north western states of Zamfara, Katsina, Sokoto” are detrimental to national growth.
Malaw Ahmed Shuaib, the Chairman, Initiative for Conciliation and Right Protection (ICRP), said the conference aimed to achieve peaceful and harmonious society in Nigeria.
He said due to the diversity of cultures in the country, there were conflicts in the Nigeria.
“The Economic situation, human right, rule of law in Nigeria is not encouraging,” he said.
He said based on the above scenarios, the organisation in collaboration with many university lecturers in the faculty of social sciences came up with the idea of this conference to catalyse the peaceful coexistence of Nigerians.
“As an organisation, we are determined to gather, understand one another towards better Nigeria, we advocate for peace, unity and stand with the oppressed.
“We are saying it with loud voice that `no to oppression’’, he said.
Earlier, Prof. Joshua Onaolapo, Professor of Pharmacy, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, said “we were said to be in country where rights of citizens were not fully guaranteed as enshrined by the constitution”. 9
Onaolapo, represented by St. Heart Ogu, Secretary, Christian Association of Nigeria, Sabongari Local Government Area,p Kaduna state, said: “we are faced with classification of citizens whereby some can commit crime and go scot-free and some will pass by crime scene and be locked-up.
“We are also faced with the reality of fear, fear of the unknown, we are even afraid to even express ourselves because we don’t know what can happen thereafter.”
He also called on Nigerians to rise against abuse of human rights, disregard to rule of law and injustice in some quarters of the country. (NNN)
Edited by Gregory Mmaduakolam/Muhammad Suleiman Tola