The Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) has lashed out at Zamfara State Governor, Bello Matawalle for threatening reprisal attacks against Southerners, describing his comments as irresponsible and unfortunate.
NaijaNewsNow reports that Matawalle had in a statement threatened reprisal attacks against southerners and their interests in the North over alleged attacks on Northerners and their interests in the South.
However, PANDEF, while reacting in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Ken Robinson, said the comments by Matawalle were “preposterous” due to the delicate nature of the polity.
“It is rather most unfortunate that the governor of Zamfara State, Mr. Bello Matawalle, would make such an irresponsible statement.
“We’ll ignore that of northern elders because the nation is used to their unguarded utterances but for a governor to make such a reckless declaration is completely preposterous.
“And it conveys how awful the nation’s political leadership has deteriorated, where self-seekers are thrust into hallowed positions, instead of patriots who would pursue national concord, particularly, at a moment like this when the country is facing daunting socio-economic challenges”, the group said.