The Southern and Middle Belt Leaders Forum, SMBLF, has kicked against the participation of two serving governors from the Republic of Niger, at the presidential rally of the APC in Kano. Issa Moussa and Zakiri Umar, governors of Zinder and Maradi regions, respectively, were sighted in Kano, fully attired in the garments and colours of the APC and taking photographs with President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a joint statement by Yinka Odumakin, South West; Prof Chigozie Ogbu, South East; Senator Bassey Henshaw, South-South; and Dr Isuwa Dogo, Middle Belt, the group said the action coming barely days to the presidential election, validates the wholesale desperation of the APC to deploy every untoward scheme to impugn the integrity of the forthcoming election, in a macabre reenactment of some evil aspects of the 2015 election. This is an affront to our national sovereignty and a gross abuse of diplomatic relations.” The southern and Middle Belt leaders said: “For an administration which recently lampooned Western diplomatic powers and bodies for criticizing the unconstitutional purported suspension of the Chief Justice of the Federation, Justice Walter Nkanu Onnoghen from office, this is the height of duplicity and doublespeak. “Never in our political history has our national security been so endangered in the name of politics and politicking, a situation which calls for immediate investigation by relevant security agencies. The National Intelligence Agency, NIA; the Defence Intelligence Agency, DIA and the Department of State Services, DSS, must move to interrogate this development and report their findings to us Nigerians whose best interests they swore to serve. “In a country which has been in the vice grip of accentuated terrorism, herdsmen killings, banditry and kidnapping in parts of the country especially since the advent of the Buhari administration, the kind of unholy philandering between Buhari and foreign interests from regional neighbours suspected of complicity in our internal security challenges, calls for introspection and inquest.