Kaduna Advocates Support For Igbo Presidency
A former senator representing Kaduna central, Shehu Sani has advocated the rotation of presidential power to the Southern region of the country in 2023.
Sani hinted that the failure to give other regions in the country a shot at the presidency in 2023 may cause further agitations politically and otherwise in Nigeria.
He noted in his submission that rotation would afford other regions a sense of belonging rather than been second class citizens in their own country.
The former senator made the submission while speaking in a recent interview with The Nation.
“The concept of rotation of power is simply to give every section of the country the opportunity and ability to feel that yes, we are equal stakeholders in the enterprise called Nigeria,” he said.
“If one part of the country now continues to dominate the political sphere, they can take the mantle of leadership, but they will not be able to have the peace to preside over the affairs of the country forever.
Sani added that the diversity of people that makes up Nigeria makes it rational for power to be rotated among the various regions in order to maintain peace and unity.
“But my position on this is that President Muhammadu Buhari came to power with the support of the south. It would be logical enough that we understand the diversities of Nigeria, and the need to always balance our own personal interests and agenda with the need to sustain the unity, peace, and orderliness of the country.
“A lot of meetings are going on in the north today, and I can tell you that they are gaining traction. And part of the reasons for some of them who told me was that they believe that this government has served more people in the south than it has served people in the north,” he said.
“So that is the argument which many of them have given and you see sometimes words have life, if a prominent northerner who is well respected now averred that we are not going to respect the principle of rotation of power and the north will continue to have it forever, if you do not have a strong counter-argument on that, it will settle in the minds of the people.
Sani also advocated meetings between politicians and other leaders in the regions so as to pave way for a peaceful 2023 general elections in the country.
He, however, advised the south to be united if they are to really get a chance at the 2023 presidency in Nigeria.
“What stops the leaders from the north moving to Chief E K Clark house in Abuja or down there in the south-south to discuss with him. These are issues that I believe we should resolve. But we should understand that if one part of the country is not prepared to rotate power to another part of the country, we are simply setting a road map to chaos and crisis in Nigeria.”