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Nigeria Stands with Rwanda as Kwibuka 30 Commemorates Rwandan Genocide Anniversary. 

Nigeria Stands with Rwanda as Kwibuka 30 Commemorates Rwandan Genocide Anniversary. 

Jerry Adesewo

In solemn remembrance of the 30th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide, Nigeria has extended its solidarity to the people of Rwanda and all that were affected by that tragic chapter in history.

“The Rwandan Genocide stands as a stark reminder of the consequences of intolerance, hate, and division,” stated Ambassador Yusuf Maitama Tuggar, Nigeria’s Minister of Foreign Affairs. “It serves as a testament to the immense suffering inflicted upon innocent lives and the devastating impact of violence and conflict on our communities.”

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In the message signed by the Special Assistant to the Minister on Media and Communication Strategy, Mr. Alkasim Abdulkadir, Nigeria reaffirms her commitment to peace, reconciliation, and the promotion of human rights.

“The resilience and courage of the Rwandan people in their journey towards healing and nation-building are commendable. Their commitment to unity, forgiveness, and reconciliation serves as a beacon of hope for nations grappling with past atrocities,” the Minister further noted, stating that:

“As we honour the memory of the victims and survivors, let us collectively renew efforts to prevent such atrocities from occurring again. Let us strive to build societies founded on tolerance, inclusivity, and mutual respect, upholding the dignity and rights of individuals.”

Concluding, the Minister affirms Nigeria’s solid stand in support of justice, accountability, and reconciliation in Rwanda and worldwide.

“May the memory of the Rwandan Genocide inspire our commitment to building a more peaceful and just world for future generations.”

The Rwandan Genocide, one of the darkest chapters in modern history, had profound and far-reaching impacts on Rwandan society. From April to July 1994, an estimated 800,000 Rwandans, primarily Tutsis but also moderate Hutus, were brutally massacred in a state-sponsored campaign of ethnic violence. The genocide left deep scars on the nation’s social fabric, shattering communities and families. Beyond the staggering loss of life, the trauma inflicted by the genocide continues to reverberate through Rwandan society, with survivors grappling with physical and psychological wounds.

Moreover, the genocide exacerbated existing socio-economic disparities, exacerbating poverty and undermining trust between ethnic groups. In the aftermath, Rwanda has embarked on a remarkable journey of reconciliation and rebuilding, prioritising unity and collective healing to overcome the legacy of division and violence.



Nigeria Stands with Rwanda as Kwibuka 30 Commemorates Rwandan Genocide Anniversary. 

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