September 25, 2022

Mahdi Shehu Is Unexposed, Ill-Informed, And Boiling With Vitriol – POSN

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The Peter Obi Support Network (POSN) has expressed shock and dismay after watching a video of Mahdi Shehu using racial and religious slurs to support his favored candidate.

According to a news release issued on Tuesday, September 20, 2022, and signed by Comrade Sani Saeed Altukry, spokesman for the Peter Obi Support Network (POSN), Mahdi Shehu’s views are risky for a nation like Nigeria that wants to benefit from democracy. He is bringing back a divisive political approach from the past that is detrimental to society. Every Nigerian, including Christians from the North, has full rights across the nation, even in the South, and they have always been welcomed there with open arms. He needs to be called to order because his comments are inappropriate for an elder statesman.

The statement reads, “Mahdi Shehu is an elder statesman, and so someone of his repute should be careful with his messaging so as not to heat the polity.

“Mr. Peter Obi is running to be President of Nigeria and not President of Biafra or Igbos or Southern Nigeria. His ambition is to guarantee economic prosperity and security for all Nigerians, irrespective of ethnic, tribal, or religious affiliation.

“The Peter Obi campaign is broad-based and all-inclusive. His track record of inclusivity is not in doubt. It is callous for anyone to accuse Peter Obi of running to represent the interest of Biafra. Peter Obi is running to represent the interest of all Nigerians.

“Mr. Obi put it succinctly while addressing Diasporans in Germany on 27th August 2022, that when Boko haram terrorist attack a place in Nigeria, they do not distinguish between Christians from Muslims or old from young, they wipe out everyone available in their sight. Similarly, when unknown gunmen in the East attack and shoot, they do not care about the identity of their victims. Their bullet kills Muslims or Christians in their sight.

“Mr. Obi has also stated that Muslims in the North do not buy bread cheaper than Christians in the south. Poverty, suffering, and Insecurity does not look at religion or tribe, it is universal. Every Nigerian just as every human being want the simple things of life like comfort and peace of mind.

“We tell Shehu Mahdi and his ilk that the era of their bigotry is ended. He is unexposed, ill-informed, and boiling with vitriol. He does not know that there are so many Northern Christians and Muslims well settled and doing their profitable business in every south-eastern city. Even in the villages.

“In Owerri for instance, there has existed for generations a whole section of the city occupied and dominated by Northern Muslims. Their children attend school with other children, speak flawless Igbo, build houses, and live with absolutely no interference and they thrive well and make their daily living.

“Mahdi is exhibiting that horrible disease of envy that has led many extremists like him to commit atrocities. He should refrain from spreading poisonous nonsense. If a penniless Lebanese or Indian can come into Nigeria and end up a multi-billionaire, why is it so bad, so painful to the Mahdis that a fellow Nigerian and black man can come to Northern Nigeria, make money there, invest the money there, train northern children and leave the place a better place than he found it?

“Mahdi should tell us what he has contributed to improving the lives of fellow northerners both Christian and Moslem; Hausa, Fulani, or Tangale.

“People like him have for decades been disinterested in educating and empowering the children of the north out of fear and selfishness. Now he is looking for outsiders to blame.

“In a Peter Obi-led administration, there will not be “Cabals” or “Nepotism” or “State Capture by a select few”. It will be all about Character, Competence, and Capacity. We call on all well-meaning Nigerians to ignore the statement by Mahdi Shehu and focus on the real message of Peter Obi which is economic prosperity and security for all Nigerians.

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