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Ondo Killings:Nigeria at war with itself – group sounds the alarm



The Network and Advocacy Group, Lux Terra Leadership Foundation, has assessed the recent wave of killings in the country, particularly in Ondo State, and raised the alarm that the country is at war with itself.

The group said the country is increasingly showing the familiar characteristics of a failing state.
This assessment came against the backdrop of a fresh armed attack on innocent people in Ondo on Wednesday night that claimed no fewer than six lives, barely 72 hours after the terrorist attack on St. Francis Catholic Church in Owo, Ondo State Nigeria, which also killed 38 worshippers and injured many others.

In a statement signed by the project coordinator, Dr. Inya Ode, on Thursday, the organization called on authorities to end these killings and bring the perpetrators to justice.

It lamented the apparent inability of governments at all levels to protect citizens and provide for their welfare, and blamed the country’s persistent security problems on the increasing polarization of people along ethno-geographical and religious fault lines.

 

Ode said, “With Nigerians increasingly pulling apart, the Nigerian nation is clearly unable to evolve a national consensus about how to solve its numerous challenges and come up with a common front to effectively contain the heightening state of insecurity. .

The group also cited the lack of social justice, civil rights, proper management of diversity, peaceful coexistence and conflict resolution mechanisms as some of the major causes of the country’s challenges.
As a panacea for these problems, Ode called for joining all hands to unite the nation and bring it back from the brink of state failure.

“Governments at all levels should enforce law and order impartially and administer justice without fear, favor or discrimination based on ethnicity, religion, region of origin or profession,” he said.

“We also call for continuous dialogue, understanding, accommodation and tolerance among the people of Nigeria in order to strengthen the mechanism of conflict resolution and prevent the resort to violence to seek redress,” she added.


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