A Senator representing Niger East Senatorial zone of Niger state in the National Assembly, Alhaji Sanni Musa, has stated that the leaders in the Southern part of the country ” must not fall for the attempts to provoke the north and destabilize the country. “
The Senator while speaking to newsmen in Minna, the capital city of Niger State on Monday said that many Northerners have been killed in the southern part of the country, yet the leaders of the region failed to condemn those killings.
He added that the leaders in the North can not keep quiet while many Northerners are been killed, therefore the Southern must not provoke the north to destabilize the country.
His words, ” innocent northerners and their means of livelihood in the eastern part of the country have become the target of attacks on different occasions, they have been subjected to profiling and attacks and in all instance, there hasn’ t been any form of condemnation from the leaders of the region”
” The north has been a subject of ethnic profiling and attacks on several occasions in recent times, which has led many northerners to be killed, their settlements razed, their children murdered in cold blood, businesses attacked and destroyed, and even more recently targeted assassination of a northern politician.
” The deafening silence of southeastern leaders, while these attacks against northerners are ongoing, is disturbing and the attempt by some of them to even excuse it is not only sad but comes across like an outright endorsement by the leaders.
” The southeastern leaders must see this as a wake- up call and take it as a matter of urgency to address these incessant attacks before they spiral out of control.
” We must not fall for the attempts to provoke the north and destabilize the country, but also we cannot keep quiet and watch northerners being killed simply because of their background. “