Dr Onyemaechi Ogbunwezeh, African Director For Genocide Prevention at the Christian Solidarity International (CSI) in Switzerland, has warned that Nigeria is a genocide waiting to happen if nothing is done about the current insecurity in the country.
He said the country needs to change its approach to insecurity, else, the Rwandan genocide will be a child’s play.
Ogbunwezeh, who spoke on Linda Ikeji Television, advised that all parties involved must sit and dialogue as soon as possible, so that aggrieved citizens can speak their minds and proffer solutions.
He lamented the killings of police officers by armed groups in the country.
“I am afraid. The indices that I am seeing doesn’t speak so wonderfully well for Nigeria.
“Nigeria is a genocide waiting to happen,” he said.
Forecasting the nation’s future, he said:
“It’s boiling everywhere and if we let this degenerate the way it’s degenerating, Rwanda is going to be better. It’s going to be like the antics of spoilt kids in comparison to what is going to happen to this country.
“It is in our best interest that everybody rise to the occasion…”
On what can be done to prevent further violence, he maintained that a national dialogue cannot be avoided.
He noted that a dialogue will allow Nigerians decide if they want to stay together as a nation or go their separate ways.
“This is what a national dialogue could solve. This is what a national dialogue could avail Nigerians the opportunity for them to decide. It’s a democracy. People want to decide for themselves, we should let them do that. Self-determination is a fundamental human right.
“It’s pretty urgent that we start this dialogue immediately. We don’t have time. We may have crossed the rubicon. It may have been late in the day for this dialogue. This is what we should have done earlier than now. But I am afraid it may be late…”
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