The Senator, representing Kaduna Central in the Nigerian Senate, has accused the North of attacking acting President Yemi Osinbajo with the aim of creating room for a North-South crisis and conflict between Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari. A politician from the North joined the fast growing Osinbajo critics at the weekend when he accused the acting president of nepotism in appointments. But Mr. Sani, who spoke in Kano yesterday after paying a condolence visit to the Mallam Aminu Kano family over the death last month of Aishatu, widow of the late Second Republic presidential candidate of the Peoples Redemption Party (PRP), said the criticism was uncalled for.
The senator said the northern politicians “who have suddenly derived the pleasure in attacking the acting president as “hell bent on creating religious and ethnic disaffection among Nigerians”.
He said: ‘’The actions and utterances of these northerners are designed to ignite disturbances and conflict between Osinbajo and President Muhammadu Buhari.
‘’The acting President has proved to be a consistent and absolute loyalist of President Muhammadu Buhari. It is unfair for anyone to accuse him of ethnic or religious bias or tribalism. Osinbajo has kept the flame of progress alight since the absence of the President. Those attacking Osinbajo are reactionary conservative elements.
‘’I believe that they have the fundamental right to express their opinion and make public their own perception but we must be very careful not to instigate crisis and conflict between the North and the Southern part of Nigeria.”
Mr. Sani reminded the fake critics that some progressives across the country came together to install the Buhari government: ‘’I think we should appreciate the contributions of Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Osinbajo and others, who worked tirelessly and invested so much to see that we have fundamental changes.”
He added, ‘’Acting President Osinbajo has proven to be a capable, able and a determined leader, who has remained consistent on the side of his principal”. I think he should be appreciated rather than being condemned.”
Sani advised Mr. Osinbajo to be very watchful and very careful not to make a mistake so as not to give room for ethnic and religious forces to exploit and create crisis and conflict within the administration.