From Mustapha Adamu, Kano
The former Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Assembly matters, Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila, has said that no right-thinking Nigerians would endanger their lives to support the candidature of any Southeast politician vying for presidency in 2023.
The former Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Assembly matters (House of Representatives), Abdurrahman Kawu Sumaila, made the remark in a statement he issued to newsmen in Kano on Thursday.
“With these atrocities committed by southeast people on record, how can Nigerians entrust them to govern them? I am sure not a single right thinking Nigerian will endanger his life to support the candidature of any southeast politician contesting for presidency come 2023 general elections.”
He noted that it has now become clear that the motives behind the attacks was to turn the country into anarchy, regretting that “the perpetrators of the attacks must understand that if the country is turned chaotic, then nobody including the perpetrators can escape.
He, therefore, urged elders in the Southeast to publicly denounce the ongoing attacks by the suspected members of IPOB in the South-eastern part of the country or be considered among people responsible for the dastardly act.
He said until the Southern elites make their position definite, Nigerians would consider them part and parcel of the attacks being carried out in the southeast by some armed militia.
Sumaila added that Southern elites should be mindful of their reputations by not only condemning the attacks, but also distancing themselves from it, affirming that “it is only when they do this with sincerity that Nigerians will believe their innocence.
“The elites in the southeast should borrow a leaf from their northern counterparts such as Arewa Consultative Forum and Northern Elders Forum, who have been persistently condemning the activities of Boko Haram fighters and bandits in the North.