In a political style reminiscent of the days before the genocide in Rwandan in 1994, Governor Ibrahim Shehu Shema of Katsina is seen in a hate video circulating on the internet urging members of his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to kill their All Progressive Congress (APC) counterparts whom he calls “cockroaches.”

The hate content in the video is causing tension in the state and other parts of northern Nigeria as it clearly shows the governor inciting party supporters to violence.

The video also shows his PDP listeners jubilating as they received the message from Shema.

Ironically, Katsina is the home state of APC's frontline presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), and late President, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua.

Speaking in Hausa on the video, Shema says, “Don’t worry about political cockroaches, cockroach even in the house is found only in the toilet. And when you see a cockroach in your house, what do you do to it?  Kill of course, and so hit them.

“I told you, anybody that touches you; I have come out to tell you, also touch him, and you should not leave. The politics we did in the past, where PDP members are attacked but now anyone that touch you, revenge it; there should not be mercy or moderation.”

Governor Shema Urge Supporters To Crush Opposition Members He Described As ‘Cockroaches’ Governor Shema Urge Supporters To Crush Opposition Members He Described As ‘Cockroaches’

A transcript of the video:

“PDP has touched the lives of every citizen of Katsina state, either as an individual or your family in general.

“If your child is sick you must take him to the hospital to receive treatment for free.

“You must use the well-built road that PDP constructed to go to your house.

“Your children have never paid a single dime for his education in this state since I became the governor in 2007 and that includes WAEC and NECO.

“We should thank Allah for this.

“If you look around, some states that I will not mention here, they keep making the headlines that PDP could not do this or that, but they should know Katsina state is PDP and we have done it.

“You should not be bothered with ‘cockroaches of politics.’

“Cockroaches are only found in the toilet even at homes.

“If you see a cockroach in your house what do you do?

Crowd responds: “You kill it!”

Gov. Shema agrees: “Crush them!

“Anyone who does anything against you we’ll retaliate, am telling you now.

“Before now people from the opposition will humiliate us in the PDP and we will say don’t do anything about it but now I am telling you to fight back and ‘quote me’”.

 Transcript was provided by

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