By; IYOKPO J. EGBODO, Abuja
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), and former aide to President Muhammadu Buhari, Suleiman Abdulrahman Kawu Sumaila, has condemned in totality the recent quit notices issued to herdsmen in Ondo and Oyo States by Governor Rotimi Akeredolu and Sunday Igboho respectively.
Kawu, a former Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly Matters (House of Reps), was dismayed that such quit notices could come at a time the APC-led Federal Government was making frantic efforts to tackle insecurity in the country.
The former two-term Deputy Minority Leader of the House of Representatives said Governor Akeredolu’s stand on the matter should not have been so as he has unfettered access to President Muhammadu Buhari, whom he could discuss the issue with as the leader of APC.
Kawu said coming at this time, the quit notices issued by the Ondo State governor and the self-acclaimed activist, Igboho, have the potential to erode all the gains made and create unnecessary tension in the country, thereby leading to mutual suspicion among the citizens.
In a statement he personally signed, Kawu berated Igboho, whose action he described as unpatriotic, unwarranted, uncalled for and, at best, divisive.
He said the issue of insecurity is too serious a matter to be politicized by any patriotic Nigerian, calling on those who intend to cause violence in the land to desist from doing so.
He said people like Igboho should not be taken seriously as their aim is to destabilize the peace being enjoyed by the citizens across the lenght and breadth of the country.
The APC chieftain called on the Presidency to take decisive action on the matter with a view to dousing any tension that may arise as a result of the unfortunate development.
He added that as an APC member, Gov Akeredolu should subject himself to the supremacy of the party as no individual member of APC is bigger than the ruling party.
Thus, he called on the APC national leadership to intervene in the matter and call the likes of Akeredolu to order before they cause trouble for the party.
Kawu called on the herdsmen and other Nigerians, especially Northerners, to remain calm in the face of any provocation.
He noted with delight the fact that Nigeria remains one indivisible country and that no matter how hard the agents of destabilization try to inflame the country, they would fail.