2023: Arewa Youths Shun Northern Candidates, Reveal Who They Will Support For Presidency
Arewa Youths Reveal Candidate For 2023
A coalition of northern youths has called for a power shift from the Northern region of the country to the South-South region ahead of the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria.
The coalition, under the umbrella of Arewa Youths Assembly, said it will be grossly unfair for the North to produce the next Nigerian president noting that the region has occupied the position more than other regions since the country attained independence in 1960.
It, therefore, revealed that it has started the search for a South-South candidate between the age bracket of 40-50 years to take over from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The coalition’s stand was made public at a press conference yesterday by its leader, Mohammed Salihu Danlam who noted that their ideal candidate “must have a global inter-disciplinary perspective, must engage in long term empirical planning, have a strong communication skills, must be able to prioritise social justice and well-being over financial growth.”
“The north has occupied leadership position of the country since independence, more than any other region; it is time for South-South youths to produce the president in 2023,” Danlam noted.
“Whosoever wants to emerge must have a global inter-disciplinary perspective, must engage in long term empirical planning, have a strong communication skills, must be able to prioritise social justice and well-being over financial growth.
“Nigerian is a nation standing half in the light of progress and promise and half in darkness of injustice. We lived in a period of grave uncertainty.
“As things now stand, we have no idea where the nation would be heading to if the North retains power in 2023.
“The greatest challenge facing Nigeria today is that of leadership Nigeria needs a leader that the people can identify with and can inspire them to greater height.
The coalition added that Nigeria needs a vibrant youth who is capable of matching words with action and ensure the vast resources in the country are tapped and developed for the benefit of the citizens.
“We are calling for power shift to the calm surface of the burning hydrocarbon, the land of the South-South. With this timely intervention ahead of 2023, we are championing the course of youths within the age bracket of 40 to 50 years to lead Nigeria to the promise land.
“A vibrant youth who is detribalized,with vision to foresee the needs of the people and must be compassionate enough to match these needs with actions.
“We are with our brothers from South-South to produce a youthful leader with depth and substance. The- not- too -young -bill signed by the president gave birth for building the next generation of leaders.
“As 2023 hits the airwaves, the political gladiators should be aware that the stories that occupy a significant portion in the history of our dear nation today is the search for a credible leader to lead Nigeria from South-South in 2023 because the nation’s future is in the hands of its youth.
“Nigeria must get it right by producing a youthful president from South-South who represents tolerance, inclusiveness, love and compassion for all Nigeria – a president who combines courage, patriotism, tact, diplomacy and intellect for navigating the murky waters of politics in Nigeria.
The statement ended by recalling past leaders in Nigeria and other parts of the world who have held top leadership positions as youths.
“Yakubu Gowon became Head of State at 32 years; Muritala Mohammaed, 37 years; Olusegun Obasanjo, 38 years; French President, Emmanuel Macron,39 years; Kim Jong-un of North Korea, 35years; and two years ago in Kenya, a 23-year-old undergraduate Mohammed M. Black won and became the youngest member of parliament in Kenya.”