OrderPaperToday – Former Governor of Kano State and incumbent Senator, Mr. Rabiu Kwakwanso has drawn the ire of the Yoruba nation over his comments that the activities of Fulani herdsmen are not peculiar to the South-west part of the country.
Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, which spoke on behalf of the nationality, said Kwakwanso’s comments portrayed him as someone not different from boko haram chieftains or the herdsmen whose activities he sought to promote.
In a statement signed by its publicity secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin, Afenifere said “Kwankwaso’s grouse with Yoruba leaders was our call for an end to the criminal activities of Fulani herdsmen in the region at the recent summit in Ibadan and that the Yoruba nation may reconsider its place in a union that could not protect us and would not allow us to protect ourselves if we did not see any sign to restructure Nigeria into a proper federation.”
The statement described the former governor’s comments as rude and uncouth, noting “in a replay of the sordid episode of 2000 when Arewa leaders rudely stormed the office of then Oyo State governor, Alhaji Lam Adesina on behalf of nomadic cattle rearers, former Kano State governor and serving Senator, Rabiu Kwakwanso, came with verbal daggers to the same city at the weekend asking the age mates of his father to ‘shut up.’”
According to the statement, “it is another sad day for the clash of civilizations within the Lugard cage when a man who has occupied all the offices Kwakwanso has held, opens his mouth in a people’s domain and all he vomits makes listeners confuse him with a herdsman or Boko Haram chieftain.”
Reported on Oct 27, 2015