President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday expressed concern over global crises, saying that those fanning the embers of crises are ignorants and illiterates.
In apparent reference to the communal crises and killings in Cross Rivers State and other parts of Nigeria, he said illiteracy and ignorance propel people to foment crises.
The President made the observation after taking a guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, a former Nazi concentration camp in Poland, on Tuesday.
The President had visited the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, in Oświęcim, Poland, where he paid tribute to Holocaust victims.
After an hour and ten minutes guided tour of the museum devoted to the memory of the victims who died at both camps during World War II, President Buhari penned a hand-written tribute in the visitor’s book, quoting Shakespeare’s ”Julius Caesar”.
”The evil that men do lives after them; the good is oft interred with their bones”.
Also speaking on the crises back home in Nigeria, President Buhari said those who fan the embers of crises do so because they are ignorant and illiterate.
The President called on Nigerians to eschew bitterness, in a separate statement where he called for calm.
The President’s guided tour of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum, took him to places where many of the victims, who were mainly Jews, were killed using gas chambers specially designed by the Germans.
The President was informed that the museum in modern day Poland , is now devoted to the memory of the victims who died during World War II.
The Polish government has also encouraged research into the Holocaust , using facilities and historical materials discovered after the World War 11, which are well protected inside the museum.
The President also laid a wreath at Block 11 of the museum, known as the ‘‘Death block.’’ Here, according to an epitaph in the Block: ”Male and female prisoners from all parts of the camp complex where held in this building…following brutal interrogations, they were in most cases sentenced to death by shooting.”
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier expressed concern over reports of violence in four communities in Biase Local Government Area of Cross River State resulting in loss of lives, injuries and displacement of villagers.
Buhari called for calm and restoration of peace in the affected communities bordering Abia State, and urged the people of the areas to allow law and order to prevail.”
Tony Ailemen, Poland