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Special Advisor to President of Niger calls for concerted efforts to shun Genocide denial

By IGIHE
On 3 juin 2022 at 10:01

The Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger, Salim Mokkadem has called for heightened vigilance to resist deniers of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to prevent reoccurrence.

Mokaddem was speaking during an exclusive interview with IGIHE following the ceremony to commemorate Genocide against Tutsi for the 28th time organized by Rwandan community in Niamey, the capital of Niger.

The event took place at Radisson Blu Niamey on 28th May 2022.

Mokaddem who is also a lecturer of Philosophy at the University of Montpellier said that Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda was characterized by extreme cruelty and stressed the need for concerted efforts to prevent reoccurrence.

“Victims of Genocide against Tutsi in Rwanda are an example of abandoned people. This conveys a message reminding the urgency of restoring their dignity by remembering them to keep their memory alive,” he said.

Mokaddem also reminisced on Genocide ideology and hate speeches before and during the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi propagated by media houses including RTLM highlighting that the world needs to learn from it.

“This must remind us to reconsider the value of life, needed ethics and political virtues,” he said.

“What happened in Rwanda should encourage us to think about the power of ideology, propagated words and the role of media in the life of people, in shaping politics and history,” added Mokaddem.

He also expressed serious concerns over people who continue to spread genocide ideology, denying Genocide against Tutsi or tending to misinterpret history to trivialize the Genocide.

Among others, Mokaddem said that denying history of Genocide against Tutsi is ‘coward’ of not accepting the truth and stressed that the world needs to keep a close eye on such people.

“It is a way of misinterpreting history. This means, we have to be vigilant in terms of history related programs, research and anything else helping us to pass down the history to generations to avoid misinterpretation in the context of politics and mindsets,” Mokaddem noted.

He observed that resisting these propagandists should go hand in hand with eradication of impunity through international collaboration.

“Genocide deniers include intellectuals with a view to misinterpret history and truth to win people’s hearts and gain power. It is our responsibility to prevent their distractions which might provide loopholes for other crimes,” he said.

Mokaddem thanked Rwanda’s visionary leadership for having reunited Rwandans following the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The Special Advisor to the President of the Republic of Niger, Salim Mokkadem has called for heightened vigilance to resist deniers of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi to prevent reoccurrence.

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