Osinbajo attends 25th national commemoration of Rwandan Genocide

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

Rwandan President Paul Kagame

The massacres began after the plane carrying the then-Rwandan president Juvénal Habyarimana and Burundian president Cyprien Ntaryamira, who were both Hutu, was shot down with surface-to-air missiles as it prepared to land in Kigali in Rwanda on April 6th 1994.

The ceremony marks the beginning of a week of events to honour the dead and the start of one hundred days of mourning.

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Rwandans who lost their loved ones during the genocide will have a chance to lay wreaths of flowers and pay their respects to the deceased. As many as 800,000 people were killed, with 10,000 murdered on a daily basis during the period.

Others include the Governor General of Canada Julie Payette, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker; AU commission Chairperson Moussa Faki. The attackers have never been identified.

Leaders and representatives of countries on Sunday morning joined President Paul Kagame and First Lady Mrs Jeannette Kagame in lighting the frame of remembrance in commemoration of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi. Official policy is to strongly discourage any talk of ethnicity, but the opposition says the tight control of the media and political sphere is also used to stifle dissent, something the government denies.

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