The Ambassador of Rwanda to Nigeria, Mr. Stanislaus Kamanzi, has urged governments to maintain principles that ensure the security of their citizens are not compromised.
Kamanzi made the statement at a press briefing held by the Rwanda Embassy announcing its lecture programme in collaboration with the University of Abuja, to commemorate 25 years of the 1994 Rwanda Genocide against the Tutsis, in Nigeria. The lecture takes place on April 7, the UN Day for Reflection on Rwanda Genocide, at the University of Abuja, Gwagwalada.
Every government, the high commissioner noted, has the responsibility and capacity of ensuring the safety of its citizens are not compromised, whether on matters of governance or peace and security to prevent genocidal occurrence.
Rwanda, he said, has had to embark on a renaissance in the aftermath of the 1994 genocide in order to achieve its status as an inclusive nation, concerned about the safety and security of all its citizens.
“Commemorating the genocide in Rwanda, shouldn’t be the responsibility of Rwandans only but the responsibility of everyone, as it is a crime against Rwandans and humanity,” urged Kamanzi.
Governments and the international community, he urged should commemorate the UN approved day with a view “to draw lessons from it, in a manner that engenders better understanding that dictates action in similar circumstances.”
Speaking of the University’s collaboration with the government of Rwanda in commemoration of the genocide, the Head of Department, History & International Relations, Dr. Philip Afaha, said the lecture is aimed at not only condemning genocide, but as a people with one voice take action against its reoccurrence.
Afaha stressed that in view of observation of peoples’ cleansing arising from conflicts in Africa and around the world, Genocide must be seen not as a Rwandan but global issue.
“Nigeria can learn from Rwanda, a country that has got things right 25 years after the genocide. The commemoration is pertinent to address issues of genocide.”
Afaha further stressed the need for the extension of the UN Security Council to include African nations to ensure that issues of threats to security in African countries are speedily addressed.
Tagging the UN’s response to security threats in the developing world as elitist, Afaha, said the world organ, do not address security issues in Africa with the same speed it addresses such matters in developed world.
“It took the death of over a million people, in over 100 days before the international community intervened,” said Afaha.
He urged African countries to join voices with Nigeria, and other nations seeking the expansion of the UN Security Council to include African and developing nations, to ensure issues of security in the developing world are quickly addressed.