Anti-Igbo song embarrassing, unfortunate — Balarabe Musa

Balarabe Musa
Balarabe Musa

The production and circulation of an anti-Igbo song in parts of Northern Nigeria is “embarrassing and unfortunate’’, Balarabe Musa, a former governor of old Kaduna State, has said.

Mr. Musa told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on telephone from Kaduna that the content of the song did not reflect the true feelings of most northerners.

He described the promoters of the song, which calls for violence against the Igbos, as “criminals’’, whose objective is to threaten the peace and security in Nigeria.

The former governor said the song was a deliberate ploy by the originators to generate disaffection towards northerners.

He urged the Federal Government not to take the issue lightly in view of the potential threat it constitutes to the country’s peace.

“The song is not only embarrassing but unfortunate and capable of threatening the peace of the country.

“So the Federal Government should act fast before the issue escalates so that we do not have a repeat of sad tales of history.

“The government should ensure that the promoters of the song are brought to book because they are nothing but criminals,’’ he said.

Mr. Musa expressed belief in the capacity of Nigerians to live peacefully with one another wherever they chose to live and irrespective of their tribe, religion and ethnic group.

The former governor, who said he would never support violence, criticised the October 1 quit notice given to Igbos by some Northern youths.

He said an insignificant number of youth could not have been speaking for the people of the North, “who are accommodating and peace-loving.

“The quit notice is uncalled for and does not reflect the thinking of the North.

“So many people have condemned it. Even some youths have come out to openly denounce it.

“That tells you that that unfortunate order is not supported by most northerners; it is condemnable.’’

The ex-governor then called on government to be alive to its responsibilities to the people by delivering the dividends of democracy.

He further urged the government to ensure the judicious use of the country’s resources to promote equity, peace and development,” he said. (NAN)


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  • 0tile

    See the kind of agony Buhari’s tribalism has brought to Nigeria. For a long time Nigeria has not experienced this king of tribalism from their presidents as exhibited by Buhari. Gen Abacha even fought to save Bakassi people from Cameroon oppression but as soon as Buhari grabbed power he abandoned them recklessly. If Bakassi people were Northerners would Buhari not help them? The impending genocide is wholly the handiwork of Buhari. May God never grant the intentions of Buhari and his hateful murderers. If Buhari was well there is no doubt that more Igbo people would have been killed by his Fulani tribesmen and federal security forces. May almighty God send Nigeria a peaceful competent leader that can advance peace and prosperity in the land.

  • Dan

    This is truly a statesman. My only take with him is that why didn’t Balarabe Musa cautioned Kanu when he was using Radio Biafra to do worst things than the song in question against Northern leaders and Hausa/Fulani. Is it only when Northerners did something wrong that is wrong but when others do worst thing they are OK. My take on this is that in as much as the said song is condemnable and uncalled for (people behind it should be arrested and prosecuted), ironically the genesis of the song was and is still the action and utterances of people Kanu who preach hatred. Maybe If he had not been using abusing language and calling people all sought of names, there wouldn’t have been the song. Agitation for self determination, resource control or structuring from any segment or section of the country who feel cheated or shortchanged is OK, but it should be pursued logically and sensibly. Kanu has every right to demand for Biafra and i wish him all the luck in this world. To northern hypocritical leaders who always preach peace and unity of the country in the face of inequity and injustice as a ploy to continue to enjoy free oil money should wake up and face the challenges in the North and the country and in general. In particular South South people have every right to demand for resource control as a result of our past and present leaders neglect of the region and its people. The earlier Northern leaders realise that time is running out for them the better.