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May 4, 2024

Anti-Tinubu forces behind protests against Matawalle — Arewa Group

By Fortune Eromosele

The recent protests against the Minister of Defense, Bello Mohammed Matawalle, has been described by the Northern Stakeholders Consultative Forum, NSCF, as a tactic employed by anti-Tinubu forces.

Secretary General of NSCF, Comrade Daniel Yakubu, asserted in a statement that these individuals are restless as a result of the increasing political influence of Governor Matawalle in the North and across Nigeria.

According to Comrade Yakubu, the protests are not a spontaneous grassroots movement but rather a calculated move by figure heads who are feeling threatened by the increasing political influence of Governor Matawalle.

He said, “It is clear that there is a power struggle at play here, with a desperate faction vying for dominance in parts of Northern Nigeria by pursuing an agenda to undermine the chances of reelection of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2027.

“Matawalle’s rising influence is undoubtedly a cause for concern for those who have traditionally held sway in the political arena.

“The fact that these anti-Tinubu forces are resorting to such tactics indicates the significance of Bello Matawalle’s political influence and the threat he poses to their own aspirations.

“It also underscores the high stakes involved in the coming 2027 politics, where alliances shift and rivalries intensify as politicians jockey for power and influence.

“It is clear that there is a power struggle at play here, with a desperate faction vying for dominance in parts of Northern Nigeria by pursuing an agenda to undermine the chances of re-election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu in 2027.”

The NSCF spokesperson insisted that the protests are merely part of the “antics of the anti-Tinubu forces,” which he said highlights the complex and murky nature of Nigerian politics.

He stated that Matawalle’s rising influence is a “cause for concern for those who have traditionally held sway in the political arena.

“The fact that these anti-Tinubu forces are resorting to such tactics indicates the significance of Bello Matawalle’s political influence and the threat he poses to their own aspirations. It also underscores the high stakes involved in the coming 2027 politics, where alliances shift and rivalries intensify as politicians jockey for power and influence”.

The NSCF called on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu to remain vigilant and discerning as the political scenario unfolds, highlighting the complex and cutthroat nature of Nigerian politics.