Group Seek To End Discrimination, Call For Unity
By Bello Hamza, Abuja
The group under the aegis of initiative for coalition and rights protection a not for profit making organisation has stressed the need to end all forms of discrimination and make Nigeria a better nation.
In a statement issued by the secretary and public relations officer of the group, Comrade Godwin Ekoja and Mikai’l Yunus said, Nigeria is our only country that requires our collective efforts towards tackling the problems of ethnic, religious and political differences that have long existed among us.
“It is written that all elected governments and regimes since independence have made national unity their important agenda. Contemporary programmes, policies and mantras including institutionalization of the federal character principle, Unity Schools, the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), National Orientation Agency (NOA), National Symbols and mantras such as “the unity of the nation is not negotiable”, among others have been adopted to expedite national unity in our only country Nigeria.
“Yet, Nigeria is still beleagured with religious intolerance, political exclusion, ethnic rivalry, quest for self-determination, power sharing and violent agitations to mention a few.
The recent crises between some Hausa/Fulani and some Yorubas in Oyo state that was triggered by some elements is a typical example.
“The unity of Nigeria is facing many challenges, these challenges appeared to go on because of the manipulations of some political, ethnic and religious elites due to their selfish interest by maintaining segregation and rivalry over the control of state power.
“As such, the mechanisms of unity remains inactive hence, government policies and projects are narrowly conceived and implemented to favour selected groups and communities. As a cosmopolitan state, here comes disagreements and controversies among the diverse population,” the statement read.
According to them, the Nigeria’s economic potential is constrained by many structural issues, including inadequate infrastructure, tariff and non-tariff barriers to trade, obstacles to investment, lack of confidence in currency valuation, and limited foreign exchange capacity. Adding that investing in education and health will potentially boost productivity. Nigerian education can be transformed into a smaller class sizes, and improved teacher quality for a productive outcomes, especially for both pupils/students of high and low-income family.
They further said creating infrastructural projects to create jobs, building and fixing roads, bridges, public transit, school buildings, and other physical assets will be helpful when targeted to communities with the greatest need.