A Katsina-based politician Mahdi Shehu has come under criticism for his inciting comments against the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi.
A video of Shehu which has gone viral captured him advising Christians in the north against voting for a presidential candidate of southern extraction in 2023.
Shehu is a supporter of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
He urged northern Christians not to vote for Christian presidential candidates from the south, particularly Obi, alleging that a vote for the former Anambra governor would amount to a vote for Biafra.
“If you pick Obi his agenda is not Christianity, he could be a fantastic Catholic but below the Catholicism, he is entirely for Biafra. If you vote Obi you’re voting for Biafra,” he said.
Shehu further claimed that northerners – both Christians and Muslims – are being discriminated against in the south-east, south west, and south-south.
Netizens have called Shehu out for his comments. See below:
Last week, Mahdi Shehu wilfully smeared & lied against the memory of Bagauda Kaltho, a journalist who was murdered under Sani Abacha. This week, he smears & lies against Christians. Who will he smear & lie against next week? pic.twitter.com/bmOsMss6ks
— Chidi Odinkalu, CGoF (@ChidiOdinkalu) September 22, 2022
Shehu Mahdi has asked Northern Christians not to vote Peter Obi
Where was Shehu when Deborah & others were lynched?
Where was he when Kukah paid N30 million ransom for kidnapped priests?
Where was he when N Christians attended church under the sun/rain?
— NG of the Good Life🎉 (@PrideOfAPeacock) September 20, 2022
When will @atiku Abubakar caution Shehu Mahdi, and apologize to Nigerians for the hate the unfortunate, irresponsible man preaches?
— Nedu Ekeke #LekkiMassacre (@Nedunaija) September 21, 2022
When Peter Obi read that WhatsApp bigotry from Tinubu’s camp, Twitter went up in flames. Hypocrites called Obi all manners of names. They ventilated their anger properly. The same people now act as if they don’t see Mahdi Shehu’s divisive video. Well done Nigeria. 👏👏
— NEFERTITI (@firstladyship) September 21, 2022
Tambuwal never visited the family of late Deborah, Atiku evidently deleted his tweet and further identified with the mob on Facebook. An Igbo man took the family of Deborah in and changed their lives forever. Northern Christians be wise, Igbos are not your foes but Mahdi Shehu is
— Musa Dawa (@Dawa911) September 22, 2022
Point me to any active PDP handle (especially a southern PDP handle) countering the divisive video of the spastic Mahdi Shehu.
I will wait!
— FS Yusuf (@FS_Yusuf_) September 21, 2022
Is this Mahdi Shehu d same wannabe actor who appeared in court last year wrapped up like an Egyptian mummy, only to be seen moments later taking off his costume as he got back to his cell? Unbalanced mental health a prerequisite for Atiku’s bots?#ChidiSense#GwazieNdiYardiUnuo
— chidi mokeme (@chidimokeme) September 21, 2022
If someone in Peter Obi’s campaign team tries the rubbish Mahdi Shehu did.
This Twitter for no contain us at all..
The people quiet right now will hold Obi accountable to highest standards while foaming in their mouths.
— William (@_SirWilliam_) September 21, 2022