Former Gubernatorial candidate of PDP in Niger state Alhaji Umar Nasko, has condemned the rampant killings across the country, saying his heart is broken.
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For the widows, orphans and every man or woman traumatized by the deaths and the gory images.
I mourn with the people of Abia, Adamawa, Anambra, Benue, Borno, Rivers, and all our other bereaved communities in our Nation.
I know that some people may be displeased by this message. But I refuse to let others opinion rob me of my humanity, or my ability to stare evil in the face and confront it with the truth.
I am terribly saddened by the recent killings in Benue and Kaduna and elsewhere. And no matter who does it, Evil is evil and should be condemned.
This killings must stop!
Who would like to lose a father, son, daughter, friend, brother … to avoidable and unnecessary evil?
These are the same architects of Rwanda, Sudan, and others but we cannot give in to them.
But we must rise against this with love, dignity, and sacrifice which sometimes maybe too painful. We must learn to love and show that in the face of terrorism, we refuse to compromise our humanity by spreading and practicing hatred and violence.
I am available as are millions of people in this great nation, to give my cup of water to a thirsty stranger, to offer my roof to a stranded traveler, and to give what I can to those in need; by seeing them as fellow humans and treating them with respect and dignity first, without asking their tribe or religion.
I have met amazing people and cultivated great friendships from across a variety of religious, ethnic, and political backgrounds in this great nation, and I am better off for it.
I refuse to be broken or hardened by the deaths by suicide bombs, and killing raids, to give up on another man who has not done me wrong simply because he belongs to another ethnicity, religion or whatever.
These killings must stop.
I charge the security forces and those in constituted authority to live up to their responsibilities to end this impunity and bring the perpetrators to justice.
Permit me to close with Tomas Paine’s THE CRISIS:
“THESE are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.”
I am pleading with all of us no matter how aggrieved and bereaved that in the face of these terrors and violence, to let love and tolerance lead.
We cannot afford to hate one another on the basis of ethnicity, religion, or any other socio-label. Not now. And certainly not ever.
I am in mourning for our dear nation.
But I cannot abandon my hope or faith that through these dark times, to borrow the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jnr. that: WE AS A PEOPLE WILL OVERCOME.
May God save us and heal this Nation!
God bless Nigeria.