By Dare Lawal
This is the season in Nigerian politics where politicians will use anything to gain political advantage. An insensitive comment by minister of information, Labaran Maku, and the criticisms which have followed it are no different.
Maku said earlier this week during an interview that defectors from the PDP were like Fulani nomads.
As expected, the minister is being fired from all quarters over his comments, the same way he would have done were it to have been said by someone else.
Some of the critics however have begun to take the criticism steps further, linking it to politics and Pres. Jonathan’s alleged hatred of the North.
The president is expected to visit Sokoto today where he’ll receive the former governor, Attahiru Bafarawa in a rally.
Now, the Sokoto governor Aliyu Wamakko, who is of the APC, has accused the president of demonstrating his hatred for the north, especially the Fulani ethnic group through Maku’s statements.
Wamakko said that Maku’s statements were a proof that President Jonathan’s administration promotes impunity against the north, especially the Fulani ethnic stock.
The governor made Jonathan surprisingly liable for the comments of his minister, insisting that Maku’s statement was not just to portray the Fulani in bad light, but designed to discredit their contribution to the national economy.
Meanwhile there is tight security in Sokoto as security personnel yesterday took over Sokoto metropolis ahead of the president’s visit.
The security operatives were seen in strategic locations in the metropolis while others in uniforms moved in convoy blaring sirens.