- The protests in London against President Muhammadu Buhari has caught the attention of Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state
- Some Nigerians resident in the United Kingdom have been protesting against the president's presence in London on medical vacation
- Matawalle is of the opinion that the protesters are unruly, adding that the procession is an attack on northern Nigeria
Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has described the protests against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, as an attack on northern Nigeria.
Some Nigerians led by a former presidential aide, Pastor Reno Omokri, have been protesting in London against the president’s trip.
In a statement issued on Thursday, April 8, and seen by Legit.ng, Governor Matawalle described the protests as sponsored.
Part of the statement read:
“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 the slightest excuse(s).
“Responsible and civilised 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.”
The governor asked northern leaders to speak out against the protests, adding that they should not be ashamed of defending their people and protecting their interests.
Recall that prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), including governors and senators, recently visited Governor Matawalle in a bid to stop his reported moves to return to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Six PDP governors and other chieftains of the party met with Governor Matawalle in Gusau, the state capital, on Wednesday, April 7.
Before then, APC governors had visited Governor Matwalle to commission projects in the northwest state.
The visit further strengthened the rumours that the Zamfara state governor was on his way to the ruling party.