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Nigerians have continued to react angrily to an announcement by the Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle the place he threatened reprisal assaults in opposition to southerners and their pursuits within the Northern a part of the nation over alleged continued killings and assaults on the pursuits of Northerners within the southern a part of the nation.


The Governor had in an announcement personally signed by him on Thursday, made the menace, thought-about by many to be ‘’caustic in all intent, threatening and doubtlessly condescending in tone and textual content.’’

For a lot of Nigerians, Matawalle, who got here into workplace providing some type of hope for Zamfara, which had been a beehive of banditry, particularly for the way in which he initially dealt with the pervading insecurity in his state, has unexpectedly lowered the standing of his workplace as governor and a frontrunner in Nigeria with the sweeping threats he made.

Matawalle stated within the prolonged assertion: “Current happenings within the nation have made it expedient for me, as a political chief and a proud Northerner, to problem this vital assertion.

“This isn’t the time to play politics or to play to the gallery, however a time to inform ourselves the true reality, for the advantage of peace and progress of our nation, and to forestall the looming anarchy that some disgruntled, unpatriotic Nigerians wish to drag the nation into.

“Contemplating the style we play politics in Nigeria–politics with out conscience–the general public might anticipate an announcement like this to come back from a governor or a frontrunner of the APC, however I select to make the next assertion at the same time as I stay a proud member of the opposition PDP, for the sake of our nation; for peace to reign and within the total curiosity of the North.

“Regardless of what Northerners are experiencing right this moment in lots of components of the South-West and South-East specifically, all we hear is the conspiracy of silence from Northern leaders and elites who’re supposed to face agency, within the method during which different leaders of the South are doing even after they know that their persons are at fault. This should not proceed.

“As northern leaders, our dignified silence within the face of fixed provocation and assault, due to our want for peace, should not be taken as an indication of weak point.

“Certainly no neighborhood, or area has the monopoly of violence.

“If Northerners and their technique of livelihood won’t be protected, accommodated and be dignified anyplace they select to remain in any a part of the South, Southerners shouldn’t anticipate safety from the North because the North has greater than what it takes to answer any sort of aggression and hatred.

“We now have seen the destruction, the killings and the devastation just lately at Sasha Market in opposition to Northerners and their financial pursuits.

“Properties value billions of Naira had been misplaced along with human lives, but some leaders within the South-West are downplaying the atrocities dedicated or, worst nonetheless, justifying it.

“A few of them have shamefully gone to the extent of apportioning blames on the victims and casualties of their aggression.

“We won’t take that any longer as no human life is worthier than one other. No enterprise curiosity is healthier than one other. In truth, in disaster state of affairs, the South has extra to lose when it comes to its enterprise pursuits within the North and the strategic nature they established themselves within the North than Northerners residing within the South.

“The North may be very a lot conscious of such weaknesses and drawbacks the South is uncovered to every time there may be such disaster, however we at all times select the trail of peace and cherish peace past any act of lawlessness and hatred.

“Easy statistics on situations of unprovoked assaults in opposition to Northerners and their financial pursuits within the South in current instances can inform who’s extra tolerant, accommodating and peaceable between felony components and their backers which are well-known in sponsoring such hatred and assaults in opposition to Northerners within the South, and our personal folks.

“Nigeria is one. Whoever doesn’t wish to consider within the present structure, which is to date the authorized and bonafide instrument behind our existence, ought to wait to problem it by way of established authorized and bonafide means, or pack and depart the nation. We won’t tolerate any type of intimidation any longer.”

Reacting, some Nigerians on Twitter questioned why a sitting governor would make such an announcement as a substitute of searching for options to the issues besetting the nation, why others requested if the governor is unaware of the atrocities of herdsmen within the southern a part of the nation.

In his response, @Onomucollins wrote: “I’m nonetheless questioning how’s the protest in opposition to Buhari’s medical journey in London is an assault in opposition to the North. Are the folks protesting as a result of he’s a Northern President or Nigerian President. I have to confess this assertion by Gov. matawalle is inciting and embarrassing”, whereas @T_chidi_esq stated: “Why have these identical governors not condemned the actions of killer herdsmen within the south? Why have you ever not proven consternation in opposition to the actions of those killer herdsmen? Do you suppose the south will rise to withstand their actions only for the enjoyable of it?’’

@J_mknite expressed disappointment {that a} sitting Governor might be careless with phrases, when he wrote: “That is an elected governor. Look how careless his phrases are. Reprisal assaults on the south for what precisely. For asking killer herdsmen and bandits out of the south or what?. Be it identified to him that no area has the monopoly of violence. The south has endured sufficient”, whereas @Dzeuata wroted: “That’s why we’re the place we’re. With out justifying violence from and in any a part of the nation, this assertion from a governor in Nigeria is to say the least disappointing. The place was this man when herdsmen had been maiming, killing and displacing southerners in their very own land.

For @wcmen007, arresting Governor Matawalle is the best factor to do, as he likened it to makes an attempt at apprehending Sunday Igboho. He wrote: “Arrest Matawalle now. You tried arresting Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu for a similar assertion. Nigeria can’t be Nigeria once more”, whereas @OdogwuGNR stated: “Your lenses didn’t seize the killer herdsmen everywhere in the South, killing and raping Nigerians? When one considers what you spew and that you just studied in UK, a complete disconnect from fashionable democracy and twenty first management. Did you simply say that?

In his personal response, @Flexxy73 accused the Zamfara Governor of inciting violence when he wrote: “With this response, it goes on to indicate that matawalle is inciting violence and needs to be arrested.. he’s at all times fast to defend the Fulanis simply as within the case of the 2 killed by the Yankasai group..deliver it on, it’s gonna be fireplace for fireplace, the Southerners are prepared,” whereas @aselugeemain stated: “The person simply threatened the South. Now you may see the considered a typical Northerner. Insecurity is bedevilling them over there slightly than look inwards they’re transferring hatred. Southerners and Easterners you heard him. Westerners proceed romancing with them. Properly performed.”

@kentus007 reasoned that Zamfara would have been the higher for it if Matawalle had channelled his threats to the bandits terrorising his state. “Please the place FFK and PDP folks? That is coming from a governor that can’t even maintain his state safety issues. I consider if he had channelled all of his threats to the Banditry killing harmless people in his state by now, issues would have been higher….Failure searching for bailout! Nonsense”, he stated, whereas @Adekajola stated: These are the sort of leaders that trigger disaffection and disunity within the land. How does protest in opposition to Buhari’s medical tourism translate to an assault on the north. Nawa oo.

Mr. Tunde Obaniyi, a hotelier within the Ogba space of Lagos believes that Matawalle, in his emotional rush, northern solidarity and outburst, might have forgotten that he has simply performed what they’ve been accusing the south of doing, profiling a whole folks and accusing them of crime.

“Northerners, of their bid to help and defend their very own are fast to shout ethnic profiling when herders terrorizing southern communities are known as Fulanis, insisting that not each Fulani particular person is a felony, which no person has ever stated. However right here is Governor Bello Matawalle accusing the entire south of hating and killing Northerners. Has he instantly forgotten his controversial assertion the place he stated Fulanis aren’t criminals?

“Apart ethnic profiling, the Zamfara Governor must urgently withdraw his threats because it was anticipated from somebody like him. Apart being a governor, Matawalle was one of many few governors within the present dispensation that I consider has one thing to supply. However his current utterances are quick altering my view of him. What he did is tantamount to inciting violence. I lived within the North earlier than and I know how the typical Northerner on the road thinks. All they want is a careless assertion like Matawalle has made to let all hell free. I consider there may be an pressing have to right no matter injury he has performed”, Obaniyi stated.

A human rights activist, Dapo Fawobi belives that the Zamfara Governor can’t be blamed for his outburst, saying he has solely uncovered his true nature as a northern apologist who cares much less about Nigeria and its wellbeing.

“I cannot blame him often because he has proven that he’s extra focused on defending the curiosity of the North. He has, nevertheless, forgotten that as a political chief, he ought to hunt methods of selling peace amongst Nigerians and cementing our widespread bonds. For the governor to brazenly threaten reprisal assaults and even giving an evaluation of who will likely be worse hit, is to say the least shameful and grossly disappointing. What he simply did is like beating the drums of battle! He should be cautioned,’’Fawobi stated.

For Sam-Segun Progress, a media marketing consultant, it’s laughable that Matawalle will equate the protests in opposition to President Muhammadu Buhari’s journey to London with hatred for the North. In response to him, Zamfara might solely be getting ready the grounds for an eventual defection to the All Progressives Congress (APC)

“For me, it’s gross absurdity that an informed elite and governor, who got here to workplace on the platform of an opposition celebration and nonetheless a member of that very same celebration, would contemplate a protest in opposition to what many, together with himself contemplate to be morally improper as hatred for the north. Whose curiosity is the governor serving or defending?

“I see politics in his total assertion, which I contemplate to be soiled politics. As a result of, by his assertion, he has succeeded in placing the lives of thousands and thousands of Nigerians in peril. He has succeeded in whipping up harmful sentiments in opposition to southerners residing within the North and endangered the already fragile peace and safety of the nation. Matawalle ought to simply quietly defect to the APC, if that’s his motive, and I strongly consider that’s what’s within the offing. Political survival shouldn’t jeopardize the lives of the populace and engender ethnic or tribal battle. Nigeria might by no means survive it,” Progress warned.

A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Occasion (PDP), who doesn’t need his identify talked about, in a chat with DAILY POST, counselled the Zamfara Governor to first champion the liberation of the long-suffering folks of his state from the shackles of bandits and different criminals earlier than changing into the champion of Northern pursuits.

“Governor Matawalle’s main responsibility and focus needs to be safe his state in opposition to bandits. He ought to focus extra on result in in his and safe the lives and property of the folks, who’ve been buffeted on each facet through the years. It’s improper to wish to assume the position of the defender of the North when he has not been capable of defend his state and it’s folks. That, for me, needs to be of higher concern to him. I see him as a superb fellow, who’s clever however his current utterances have been projecting him in any other case.”

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