Vice President of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo has said many world leaders are committed to ensuring that there would never be a repeat of the type of genocide that happened in Rwanda.

Spokesman to Osinbajo, Laolu Akande, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the vice president spoke with newsmen shortly after participating in the activities of the 25th Commemoration of the Rwandan Genocide held in Kigali on Sunday.

Osinbajo noted that the resurgence of hate speech, racism, nationalism and all identity-type problems around the world today was frightening.

“The resurgence of hate speech is frightening for everyone we see in different countries not just in Africa but also in Europe.

“So, I think that there are many leaders today who want to ensure that we do not ever see a repeat of what happened, the genocide that happened here in Rwanda or anywhere else in the world for that matter.”

“I think that it is important, that we recognise, especially for the people, religious leaders and politicians.

“It is important that we recognise sometimes that it is easy to push things to the tipping point to create a situation just by inciting words that can completely go out of control.

“I think we have learnt; a lot of us, a lot of African countries do not want to see a repeat of what happened in Rwanda.

“If you listened to some of the speeches here today, it is very obvious that the wounds for Rwanda were very deep and they are still healing.

“So, at 25 years on, you can still feel the pain, you can still hear in their speeches, in their voices and in their experiences, this is still a very deep wound,’’ he said.

The vice president then prayed that a repeat of such an experience would not happen anywhere in the world.


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