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Gov. Matawalle Threatens Southern Governors, Accuses Southern Leaders Of Complicity

Governor Matawalle Of Zamfara Lays Allegation On Southern Governors, Threatens Attack On Southerners Living In The North.

The Governor of Zamfara State Bello Matawalle has accused southern governors of being complicit. According to Matawalle, "if northerners and their means of livelihood will not be protected, accommodated and dignified anywhere they choose to stay in any part of the South, southerners should expect protection from the north."

Speaking further he also said " the North had more than what it takes to respond to any kind of aggression and hatred. "

In a statement issued on Thursday and quoted by The Nation, Matawalle stipulated that northern leaders" dignified silence even when constantly provoked, in pursuit of peace and must not be taken as a sign of weakness.

Governor Matawalle in a bid to establish conflict further alleged that southern leaders turned a blind eye to attacks on northerners in the South and further made reference to the incidents in Shasha Ibadan the Oyo State capital and Imo state.

“We have seen the destruction, the killings, and the devastation recently at Sasha market against northerners and their economic interests. Some of them have shamefully gone to the extent of apportioning blames on the victims and casualties of their aggression,” Mr Matawalle stated.

He said, 

“Last Sunday’s killings of innocent northerners in Imo is one too many, and no matter how we love peace, leaders with conscience and fear of God must speak out against this continued barbarism and hatred.

“ We will not take that any longer as no human life is worthier than another.”

He further stressed that should the situation get worse the southern region would suffer more.

“In fact, in a crisis situation, the South has more to lose in terms of its business interests in the North and the strategic nature they established themselves in the North than northerners living in the South. The North is very much aware of such weaknesses and disadvantages the South is exposed.

“Simple statistics on instances of unprovoked attacks against northerners and their economic interests in the South in recent times can tell who is more tolerant, accommodating and peaceful between criminal elements and their backers that are well known in sponsoring such hatred and attacks against northerners in the South, and our own people.”

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