OrderPaperToday – A member of the House of Representatives, representing Dala constituency, Kano, Mr. Aliyu Madaki, has condemned the President of the United States, Donald Trump, for inciting divisive politics in Nigeria.
The condemnation is a reaction to a statement made by President Trump, where he mentioned the killing of Christians by suspected herdsmen as worrisome.
Madaki (Kano, APC) averred that the statement is not entirely accurate and carries the intent to divide Nigeria along religious lines.
Madaki stated this in a motion of privilege raised on the floor of the House. He argued that Trump, who is a known racist, should not be allowed to cause crisis in Nigeria and also criticized President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to refute the claim by the US President.
He said: “Trump recently alluded that Christians are being killed in Nigeria, Mr. Speaker, I think that is a very wrong statement, rather Nigerians are being killed everyday and every where, I have a copy of yesterday’s paper where 70 people were reportedly killed in Kaduna State, also, over 100 people recently in Zamfara State.
“The people killed are not tagged with their religion, we must not come here and allow divisive statements, the US President is known for his divisive stance, he is known to be a racist, a demagogue, a bigot, he must not be allowed to bring his divisive politics to Nigeria.
“I will like to cite an example, in 2013 when we went on working visit to the US Congress, during one of the deliberations, a black member of the US Congress, said that Boko Haram are killing Christians, I immediately raised a point of order, I corrected her, [stating] that Boko Haram is killing Nigerians. I [then] cited an example of a bomb attack in a mosque in Kano where over 3000 Nigerians lost their lives in Kano State alone.
“What I expected the President (Buhari) to say after the comment by Trump was for the President to correct him that Nigerians are being killed, I expected Donald Trump to tell our President to go and do his job as enshrined in section 14 (2) of the constitution, that of protecting lives and properties.
“This country belongs to all of us, and we must not allow anybody, including the US President, to bring his divisive politics into Nigeria.”