President Muhammadu Buhari has passionately urged Nigerians to practice tolerance and support peace.
On Thursday, the President made the request after visiting the Rwandan memorial to the Kigali Genocide.
He visited the Memorial’s permanent exhibits and placed a wreath at the mass graves that housed more than 250,000 genocidal victims.
The leader of Nigeria, who came in Kigali on Wednesday for the gathering of Commonwealth Heads of State, also paid respect to the martyrs’ memories and prayed for the survivors’ recovery.
The President told journalists that his historic visit had taught him that Nigerians must continue to be tolerant toward one another and that the country must also preserve its own historical remnants from the Nigeria Civil War (1967-1970).
“I went through every experience starting on January 15, 1966, and ending now.” I spent time in detention while serving as a governor, minister, and head of state. As required by the constitution, I shall serve out my two terms in party politics once more.
We slaughtered about a million people in a 30-month-long bloody civil war. According to him, Nigeria underwent a dreadful development process.
The President added the following to the visitor’s book before leaving:
We pray that humanity will never suffer this kind of hatred, wickedness, and violence toward others due of their ethnicity, religion, or philosophical ideas in remembrance of the victims of this tragic chapter in history known as the Rwanda Genocide.
Nigeria is firmly dedicated to stopping mass atrocities from happening anywhere in the world and thinks those who commit these crimes and those who enable them must be held accountable.
On Thursday, President Buhari will meet with the leaders of Rwanda and the United Kingdom for bilateral talks. On Friday, he will attend the CHOGM’s official inauguration, which will be followed by high-level summits of Heads of State and Government.