FFK’s Visit to Zamfara and his subsequent title award as ‘Sadaukin Shinkafi’ (The brave warrior of Shinkafi) has generated a lot of arguments and counterarguments across the nation.
FFK before his visit to the state has not only criticised the northern clans but has castigated the immediate past governor of the state who was alleged to have breached the NCDC Covid-19 guidelines in the Airport.
There are so many instances where FFK descended on critical issues relating to the north and northerners which most northerners found unpleasant. However, the present Governor of the state, Hon (Dr) Bello Mohammed, MON (Matawalle Maradun) hosted the August visitor in July in the state.
They said, “seeing is believing”, His Excellency challenged FFK to pay a visit to the state Ruga, which is a pet Project of the Governor that has become a model worthy of emmulation by all the state Governors in the country to serve as a panacea to the lingering feud between Farmers and Herders.
Well, it is obvious from the aftermath of FFK’s visit that he completely took home a new perception of the north and Zamfara in particular. This is a courtesy of a man with heart full of wisdom, the Governor of Zamfara state, Hon Bello Matawalle.
On the most controversial title of Sadauki of Shinkafi, I hold the opinion that that is another great feat well done. When you are vehement and spit venom to your enemies, they remain your enemies forever, but when you embrace them and convince them beyond reasonable doubt to accept you, and they accept you, they will be more loyal to you than your friends and cronies.
Nigeria needs more of Matawalle because, Matawalle is and remains a Bridge Builder!
By Lawal Umar Maradun