Favouring ‘Indigenes’ Over ‘Citizens’, Threat To National Unity, Security
A former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Attahiru Jega, has identified giving primacy to “indigenes” over
He also identified negative mobilisation of ethno-religious and other primordial identities, especially in contestations for power in electoral politics, hate speeches, misinformation and fake news, perennial farmer-herder conflicts, Boko Haram insurgency and irredentist militancy in the South-East and South-West geopolitical zones as threats to national unity.
Jega, who disclosed this in a keynote address at the National Unity Summit 2021, organised by the National Prosperity Movement in Abuja on Wednesday, also noted that national unity is a desirable goal for all nations, but especially diverse nations, for progress and development.
If attained, Jega said it can strengthen a nation for the pursuit of collective aspirations.He said: ‘’It presupposes that citizens of a country voluntarily establish bonds and cooperate and work together in harmony, in spite of differences, for collective societal progress, sustainability and reproduction. headtopics.com
‘’National unity, however, is not easy to have, especially in very diverse countries, such as Nigeria, due to ethno-linguistic differences, and social and religious identities, which ordinarily foster and bolster prejudice and obstinacy.”On his part, the governor of Ekiti State and chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF), Kayode Fayemi, stressed the need for leaders at all levels to uphold, protect and defend the rule of law.Read more: LEADERSHIP Newspaper »