Following the recent loggerhead between Southern and Northern Governors over the 2023 Presidency, a former governor of Kano State, Senator Ibrahim Shekarau has now called on Northern politicians to allow the South to rule after the tenure of President Muhammadu Buhari expires in 2023.
Shekarau. Photo Credit: This day.
Recall that southern governors had demanded for the 2023 Presidency, arguing that it should be zoned to them because Buhari hails from the North. In a fierce reaction, the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and the Northern Governors Forum (NGF), blasted their southern counterparts and labelled their demand as being unconstitutional. The NEF also boasted that the North has the numerical advantage to influence who becomes president.
Northern Leaders. Credit: Voice of Nigeria.
Based on all these, one may conclude that 2023 is already looking like it would cause a lot of tension between both regions that would be seeking to field a candidate to replace Buhari.
In reaction to the feud between the North and the South over 2023, Shekarau made three key statements during an interview with Channels TV:
1. Shekarau noted that it would be quite unfair for a northerner to succeed Buhari in 2023.
2. He, however, kicked against the way in which Southern Governors demanded for the Presidency, saying they have no right to do so.
3. Shekarau also condemned northern governors for saying that the South's demand for the 2023 Presidency is unconstitutional. He asked them to thread with caution.
Southern governors. Credit: Premium Times.
The writer all but agrees with all the things Shekarau pointed out. First, in all equity and fairness, it is only right that a southerner succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. Since 1999, the Presidency has been, perhaps subtly, rotated between the North and the South. It would be wrong to jettison that arrangement at a time when secessionist activities in the South has increased.
Also, the way Southern governors demanded for the Presidency is wrong. Instead of asking for it, they should have lobbied their Northern counterparts and, indeed, influential politicians from other regions. The North got theirs by working hard. The South should do the same.
Photo Credit: Business Day.
Finally, the Northern Governors Forum should tread with caution when saying things that are constitutional or not. When it comes to justice and equity, sometimes common logical reasoning should be applied first before talking about the constitution. Simply put, would the North allow the South to rule for more than eight years if the table is turned?
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