The insolence of Peter Obi against the North and Northerners part (1): A personal Account or a community’s travails in the hand of a Tribal bigot as chief executive.
By AG Mahmoud 25th June 2022
Nigeria is indeed in the process of another Election circle which is usually been termed as political seasons in local parlance and it always comes and go but each with it unique rhetoric mostly based on ethnic, religious and zoning considerations
And 2023 elections would not be an exception to these these factors mentioned but interestingly and uniqueness of this circle is the radical shift from party politics to personality politics which is a welcome development in Nigerians yearning for better and inclusive leadership at the centre and this quest enamated both from southerners and the Northerners alike which led to the emergence two prominent figures namely :Dr Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Mr Peter Obi both of them are eminently competent and qualified to steer the leadership of our dear country Nigeria. If elected by Nigerians but this write up is on Peter Obi.
I could remember Peter Obi came to power on the 17th March 2006 while the famous Onitsha crisis which led to the killings of Northerners occurred on the 21st and 22nd day of February 2006 that was almost a month gap our first meeting with him also coincided with his first visit to the town all arrangements were done to receive the first citizen of the state and also to explain our predictions at that moment as refugees in Army Barrack onitsha from there we took him round to the affected areas of the crisis such as Bida Road central and some houses burnt within the area and Oba of yoruba house and palace that was razed down along sokoto and ifejika streets then down to bridge head market by express where all Northern markets were burnt down more than 100 lives lost and properties worth billions lost the following businesses were destroyed and burnt completely 1 goat market, cola market which comprised of North and western interest, beans and rice markets, onions market, vegetables oils, Arewa parks which comprises of maiduguri, Bauchi, Gombe, Sokoto yola, kano mubi etc and also osobgo park. to our greatest surprised the first thing that came out was ” you people should tell your people to stop killing our people in the North” everyone was shocked i couldn’t believe a whole Chief executive “Governor ‘could uttered such a an intolerant statement in public we all were disappointed and dispersed without even a word of sorry from Peter Obi not to talk of any form of relief materials or compensation of any sort to biggest community of settlers in the state.
Secondly, when he was about eject and takeover those markets mentioned earlier which Northerners were in possession since 1974 when they were relocated from ochanja market by the then military government, the Hausas rejected his moves to takeover without any provision as a replacement to their original place of business to them he deployed military men that shot seven among the protesters to death all that did not work we petitioned the matter to the office of the Sultan of Sokoto where he sent Two Emirs that of suleja and the Etsu of Nupe all that without fruitful solutions mainly because he refused to provide an alternative land for the markets eventually his eminence the Sultan visited the state all because of the sole issue of providing another place for the continuation of those businesses but Obi refused to change position all because we are Northerners not Igbos therefore we don’t deserve to be owing or occupying land for businesses in one of meeting he openly said to us “you people are foreigners here therefore you have no right on our land” a clear case of intolerant leader, discrimination and hatred and indeed a bigot to the core. As a result all the traders relocated to Asaba with their businesses. How would Peter Obi treat Northerners if he is elected as president?
He also said that he hate seeing Hausas at the point of entering Anambra state from Delta state as if onitsha is not an igbo town.
Thirdly, during the anniversary of creation of Anambra state towards the end of Peter Obi’s administration we were invited by the organizers of the program an igbo lady who reside in the North while making a point on fostering unity among Nigerians she suggested that an exchange program should be established where young people from the state should be send to kano in exchange of kano young vocational trainees Peter Obi quickly took over the microphone and said there in no comparison between the North and the East talk less of sharing skills and knowledge he also added that such comparison is like asking China to come to Nigeria to learn manufacturing business he made this assertion in public i could remember it was the then governor of River state Chief Rotimi AMAECHI that chaired the occasion.
Lastly sometimes in 2018 an Igbo Bar man in Niger drive GRA onitsha invited a Hausa Man to be selling Suya meat in front of the bar just to attract more customers to his business which is about 300 metres away from Peter Obi’s house to our greatest shock Peter Obi invited DSS from Awka to forcibly eject the hausa man from the place simply because he was a Hausa Man from the North that was his offence it took the intervention of the landlord and Arewa leaders in the the state to stop Obi from perfecting his illegal motives against North. It should also be noted that Peter Obi equally deported people of Northern extraction back to kaduna during his tenure as governor of Anambra state.
Now what will Peter Obi tell Northerners if he visit any of the Northern states during campaign?
Finally, in view of aforementioned facts and unprovoked actions of Peter Obi against the North and Northerners he is not worth of a single vote from any patriotic Northern voter