The Southern Nigerian Frontier (SNF) has condemned the statement of the Publicity Secretary of the Northern Elders Forum suggesting that Nigeria will always belong to the North irrespective of who is in power.
The publicity secretary to the NEF, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed also stated that the North’s population is sufficient to produce Nigeria’s president without recourse to any rotational arrangement.
However, the spokesman of SNF, Mr. Olufemi Lawson released a statement stating that the next president should come from the southern part of Nigeria.
The statement read: “We are amazed, that the position of the Northern Elders Forum, is coming from no other person than Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, who now feels that he is more Nigerian than the rest of us, and can as such, appropriate Nigeria’s Presidency at the discretion of the NEF.
We wish to state unequivocally that the position of the self-acclaimed Northern Elders Forum is not only an illusion by the NEF, but the truth also remains that Baba-Ahmed’s North will rule only its corner of the country continuously uninterrupted, and not our own Nigeria in general.
While not willing to unnecessarily dignifying the NEF, which has become famous as a group of crisis entrepreneurs, the SNF wish to unequivocally state, that successor of President Muhammadu Buhari come 2023 must come from the Southern part of the country, this we remain, uncompromising about.
Perhaps, the NEF is in a desperate bid for forceful leadership and territorial control, we can without contestation, permit them to hold on to their territories that are speedily being lost to insurgency, occasioned by bad leadership in the North, particularly in the North-West, up to the stretch of Sambisa Forest, with the exception of the middle belt region, and we have no problem with that.
As a people of the South, we will no longer watch people reduce Nigeria to their private estate, and abuse power to the detriment of others. Therefore, after President Buhari’s second term which expires in 2023, the Presidency of Nigeria must come back to the Southern part of the country.”