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CSOs urge citizens to stop blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes

The Coalition of Civil Society Organizations for Change and Good Governance has ended its one-day conference in Abuja, with a strong message to Nigerians to deist from blacklisting ethnic groups with criminal robes.

The conference tagged:  “Appraising 100 Days of President Buhari on the saddle and building a nation where justice shall reign” was held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

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A communique issued at the end of the conference examined the progress that has been made in the country since May 29, 2019 when Mr President was sworn in for a second term of four years.

The CSOs in the communique jointly signed by Bashir Alhaji Shehu, Chairman and Barr. Joyce Alobo, Secretary, said it was observed during the conference that Igbos are not drug peddlers as being erroneously held in some quarters.

“There is a difference between the ideal Nigerian and the stereotypes being painted about citizens at home and abroad. No region of the country should be criminalized and demonized on account of the failings of a minuscule fraction of its population. No ethnic group should be similarly treated. At such, using ethic colouration to describe any ethnic group is out of place; all herdsmen are not killers and not all herdsmen are Fulani.  Blanket criminalization of a religion or sect is also unacceptable even when criminal elements hide under their faith to commit evil. Boko Haram members are not  Muslims and not every Nigerian from Borno State is a member of Boko Haram.  The acts of terrorism they commit speak more to their dysfunctional existence than it speaks of their faith and ethnic background. Igbo youth are not drug peddlers, scammers or dubious. Nigerians of Igbo ancestry excel in different fields of human endeavour.  Those engaged in separatist-terrorism are not representative of the prevailing sentiments among patriotic Igbo, who are in the majority.  The deviant behaviour of a few bad eggs should not be a basis to criminalize any ethnic group,” part of the communique reads

A former President of the Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Senator Ameh Ebute presented a paper on “The CSO as a bulwark in exposing the political elites responsible for the state of insecurity in Nigeria: A cursory look at the Buhari’s 100 days in office”

Three other notable Nigerian scholars also made presentations on various topics jointly agreed by the organizers of the conference.

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