PRESS STATEMENT by United Nations Association of Nigeria
Holocaust Remembrance Day January 27 2018
As the world celebrate the 2018 Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the UNITED NATIONS ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (UNAN) joins the rest of the world to say never again to such horrific acts of man inhumanity to man.
In marking this year’s event, the UN chose the theme “Holocaust Remembrance and Education: Our Shared Responsibility”. This is essentially to educate those who are not aware of the horrors of that dark and tragic era in the contemporary history of the world. It is similarly to draw attention of current and future generation to the need to reject all forms of racism, violence and anti-Semitism and extremism which were the underlying causes of the Holocaust. This is indeed apt and all peace loving people should support the effort of the UN in this respect. Holocaust is gone and we say never again. Nevertheless, it left the World with an enduring lesson of the danger of hatred, bigotry, racism, prejudice and how to prevent future acts of genocide. Respecting the rights and freedom of people no matter their race, religion, status and opinions is a necessary ingredient of co-existence and development.
The lessons of the Holocaust should also not be lost on us in Nigeria. As violent extremism rages in some parts of our country, Government should do all in its power to end violence. Nigerians should shun hate speech and extremism, particularly religious and ethnic bigotry. This may be relevant with the 2019 Elections fast approaching. More efforts should therefore be taken in the area of interfaith dialogue, and strengthen institutional framework such as the National inter-religious Council for the promotion of more understanding among the different faiths in Nigeria. In addition the curriculum at all level of education should focus on mutual understating and unity in our diversity.
Let’s us all work assiduously for a more peaceful world.
Engr. Ganiyu OWOLABI
Secretary General UNA-Nigeria