Zamfara State governor, Bellow Matawalle has talked tough on Northern interest and outrightly condemned protest which he called ‘sponsored’ against President Buhari in London last week as a result of disdain and hatred of some Southerners for the North.
The PDP governor in a statement issued and signed on Friday revealed that though the statement ought to come from a leader of the APC, but the way the North has been marooned in silly denigration in recent happenings in Nigeria had made it highly expedient for him to speak out.
According to him, this is not the time to play politics or to the gallery; it is a time to say the real truth for the benefit of peace and progress of the country, and to prevent the looming anarchy that some disgruntled, unpatriotic Nigerians want to drag the nation into.
“Considering the manner we play politics in Nigeria politics without conscience, the public may expect a statement like this to come from a governor or a leader of the APC, but I choose to make the following statement even as I remain a proud member of the opposition PDP, for the sake of our nation; for peace to reign and in the overall interest of the North.
“So much is happening to the North and to Northerners as individuals. Today, their lives, dignity and possessions are being threatened by the increasingly unfriendly South even as we try, as Northern leaders, to always calm the situation and to protect the interest, businesses and dignity of all Southerners living in the North.”
Referring to recent destruction, killings and the devastation at Sasha Market against Northerners and their economic interests in Oyo State and last Sunday’s killings of innocent Northerners in Imo, the governor who faulted the silence of norther leaders in the act he called “continued barbarism and hatred” however said the silence must not be taken as a sign of weakness, noting that, no community, or region has the monopoly of violence and that no human life is worthier than another and no business interest is better than another.
“Despite what Northerners are experiencing today in many parts of the South-West and South-East in particular, all we hear is the conspiracy of silence from Northern leaders and elites who are supposed to stand firm, in the manner in which other leaders of the South are doing even when they know that their people are at fault. This must not continue.
“As Northern leaders, our dignified silence in the face of constant provocation and assault, because of our desire for peace, MUST not be taken as a sign of weakness. Indeed no community, or region has the monopoly of violence. If Northerners and their means of livelihood will not be protected, accommodated and be dignified anywhere they choose to stay in any part of the South, Southerners should NOT expect protection from the North as the North has more than what it takes to respond to any kind of aggression and hatred,” he added.
As a governor in the opposition party, he also condemned in strong term how some people protested against President Buhari in London last week, adding that seeking position of authority for him is not a do or die affairs and not something that will silence him to defend Norther interest in the face of apparent provocation and attack.
“As a Northerner, I condemn in strongest term how in the same manner of hatred, President Muhammadu Buhari was treated by so-called protesters that could not hide their disdain and hatred for the North. Their action, no matter their grievances, is uncivilized, highly irresponsible, unpatriotic and disrespectful to the person and office of the President and has demonstrated the growing hatred against anything North.
This is certainly NOT the way to express dissatisfaction but an act of humiliation and hatred consistent with the southern agenda as the promoters and sponsors are well known and are only looking for opportunities and slightest excuse(s). Responsible and civilize protest should address only issues but reducing such sponsored protests to abusing the President, his family or parents as we have seen in London is most unfortunate, uncivilized and condemnable. I am sure they wouldn’t have done that for Buhari if he is from the South as we have seen severally on matters of their interest and agenda. The real motive and agenda of the so called protest is not for Nigeria but to humiliate the President that is why the number of the protesters, considering the large number of Nigerians living in London, is so negligible as they could be easily counted” he said.