European Union condemns Katsina Gov. Shema’s “cockroach” speech

Ibrahim Shema, Katsina State Governor

The European High Commission on Thursday in Abuja condemned a speech made by Katsina State governor, Ibrahim Shema, urging his supporters to attack his political opponents and treat them as “cockroaches”.

The Head, EU Delegation to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Michael Arrion, told journalists that Mr. Shema’s call to his supporters to “kill” and “crush” political opponents was “extremely dangerous and unacceptable”.

“If it is confirmed, that kind of statements are I’m sorry to say, extremely dangerous and unacceptable,” Mr. Arrion said.

Mr. Shema was caught in a video urging his supporters to reprise any provocation by the opposition and to crush them like “cockroaches”.

He asked the crowd what to do if they found the nocturnal insect in their apartments.

The crowd chorused “Kill them!”

“Crush them!” the governor responded, agreeing with the crowd.

Referring to Rwanda’s 1994 pre-genocide statements made by Hutus against the Tutsis, Mr. Arrion said politicians must desist from using such hateful words and comments.

He also said the EU will be giving financial support to Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

He said a team of EU observers will be arriving Nigeria at the beginning of next year, 2015 to ensure a smooth election process.

The team unlike their predecessors, he said will be spending four months in Nigeria.

He said the presence of “the long term observers” will enable the EU to monitor the election and post-election processes.

The observers will also be saddled with the responsibility of monitoring technical issues, voters turn out, percentage of Nigerians given the opportunity to vote, legal frameworks among others.

“We are going to have a few dozens of observers, we cannot have observers at all polling units,” he said.

On European investments, Mr. Arrion said Nigeria must ensure an enabling legal environment to attract European investors.

He said that while Nigeria has all it takes -resources – it must create an enabling environment for business to trip.

He explained that the commission does not get involved in decision of investors.


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  • me

    When i say Jonathan is capable of genocide they say am crazy!
    I pray am wrong but all indicators portend something grave in the horizon.

    • King Carlos

      You are right o

      • Jideofor

        Which ethnic group will Shema’s people (or is it party) crush? Tomorrow, journalists will be telling us who “crushed” whom in the elections and this won’t be about who was killed. The European Union person could have been more circumspect and avoid directly commenting on this. Dummy.

        • Bidemi Lukman

          Bro, I dont believe EU is wrong on this. If Nigerian government has quiclky cautioned and call the man to order on this speech, EU may not have reason to interfere. Do u believe government can keep mute if such statement is from the opposition.

          • umolu

            All Nigerians should be ware of new or sudden friends. What the governor said may not go down well with many people but Europeans should not just jump into our issues. France is stealing a lot of resources from poor West African countries, what has European Union to say . France is making it practically for democracy to flow in Franco African countries; not a word from Europe. France is part of the terrorism going on in Nigeria. Do your research.

    • Ayo Yussuff

      Why are you mentioning GEJ name…is Shema, GEJ ?????…bottomline is everybody must answer his Father name….and account for their own actions …chikenan!!!!

      • ICC Hague

        Birth of the same feather fly together. Acting on the instruction of his oga at the top, this is their plan for 2015.

      • Paiko

        Shema is among the die hard supporters of GEJ!!!

    • agu

      O boy go find betta job

  • Truthometer

    Dumbo and his party are planning genocide to achieve his presidential ambition.

  • Mamapikin

    Please EU, start compiling these things now. Many people will be killed come next year, by these dangerous PDP criminals. Because the people intend to remove them now. Of course, they are primed to resist, after stealing all the money and running the country aground…they now want to impose a criminal austerity regime, with their kids in schools qbroqd, flying private jets all over the place. The President for one has qbout 13 jets, all his friends have one or two each. And they want us to tighten our belts. They know we will resist, and now, they’ve started calling us cockroaches, with a mind to what they intend to do to us in a few months. The world should be ready.

  • Maria

    PDP… Terror!… PDP… Terror!… PDP…Terror!!!

  • Nsirimovu Asonye

    2015 is a date things will happen. Our politicians are so desperate to get power.

  • ICC Hague

    SSS and police If you are truly serving the interest of Nigeria not GEJ, this man should be arrested for this inflammatory statement. Your work should not be restricted to blocking national assembly and harassing the opposition for the interest of GEJ PDP is a party of criminals and terrorist they have no regard for human life, that is why the allowed their arm win BH to have a field day Killings for their cult activities in the northeast. Nigerians reject this terror group call PDP come 2015.

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  • Smith Scott

    They should go ask Tinubu and Buhari what they will do to the bamboo and the monkey. They want Shema to watch them threatening him everyday. The only way to keep your enemy off is to bark.

  • charles

    have you heard Abati and Okupe mutter a word..its all PDP family affair…see the international outrage that greeted this Shema evil outburst…if its APC now all hell will be let loose..may 29th is just few months away…