Nigeria Former Head of State General Muhammadu Buhari is not happy with the stereotype used by some Nigerians when describing persons of Northern Origin and took out time to address those who are still on it.
Buhari Friday in Sokoto on a visit took a swipe at those calling northerners ‘parasites’ saying it is the highest level of insult considering the contributions of the region to the growth and development of the country in the areas it has comparative advantages.
Also at the event, he debunked insinuations that he and Governor Aliyu Wamakko had a falling-out.
Buhari made the comment while paying a courtesy on Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar III, during his two-day visit to the state to commission various projects executed by the Wamakko administration.
He said they fought the civil war not for any material gain but to protect the integrity of the nation and strengthen its leadership.
Buhari noted that from 1966 to date, over a million northerners were killed as a result of sectarian conflicts and insurgency, among others. According to him, peace and buoyancy were the hallmarks of any development, commending Governor Aliyu Magatakarda Wamakko for attaining these goals.
In his remarks, Sultan Sa’ad regretted that things were deteriorating in the country, especially in Northern Nigeria.