The quest to see who will become President Muhammadu Buhari's successor is gradually picking up. President Muhammadu Buhari's administration will come to an end in 2023, and there have been mixed reactions regarding who the cap will fit when he leaves office. Whoever emerges victorious at the general election would take over the mantle of leadership at the Aso Rock Villa, Nigeria's citadel of power.
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Some politicians have opined about a power shift from the North to the South since President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a Northerner, was allowed to run for a second term. This call sparked debate because some Northern elders believed that if a Northerner was elected as President Muhammadu Buhari's successor in 2023, Heaven would not fall. They believe that the decision concerning who rules the country should be carried out through voting and not zoning.
Names like Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Kayode Fayemi, Babatunde Fashola, and Akeredolu are being mentioned as possible aspirants from the West. While Nyesom Wike, Rotimi Amaechi, Rochas Okorocha, Peter Obi, Kingsley Moghalu, and Orji Uzor are regarded as possible candidates from the Southeast and South-South respectively. When we head to the north, names like Nasir El-Rufai, Bukola Saraki, Yahaya Bello, Ganduje, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Aminu Tambuwal will be mentioned.
Some Northerners believe that because of their large population, they have what it takes to determine the outcome of an election. But that doesn't rule out the possibility of Northerners voting for a candidate who isn't from the region. In 2011, we saw how former President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan came out on top.
Some of these northerners in Igboland have expressed open support for the Igbo presidency and encouraged Orji Uzor Kalu to contest in 2023. They went as far as flooding prominent locations in Umuahia, Enugu, Awka, Owerri, and Abakaliki with his posters. The dream of having an Igbo presidency is now looking feasible, but there is one thing that could stand as an obstacle.
The agitation for the Biafra Republic by Nnamdi Kanu and his disciples could be an obstacle to the possibility of having an Igbo as president. The Igbos are known to be hard-working, peaceful and industrious, but the fear that electing someone from the South-East would pave the way for the actualisation of the Biafra Republic could dent the ambition of those contesting from the South East.
Nnamdi Kanu and other agitators need to be schooled on the dangers of clamouring for disintegration. They need to be made to understand that we would do better as a country if we were united than if we were divided. Disintegration would only cause more harm than good, and that is why Nnamdi Azikiwe warned Northerners of the looming danger when they were seeking secession. The goal would always remain to build a nation where peace and justice reign. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
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