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North or South? It’s Time For The Middle Belt To Produce Nigeria’s Next President

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Nigerian youths under the aegis of Middle Belt Youth Organisation has responded to one of the demands of the southern governors as stipulated in the resolution of a meeting held in Lagos yesterday tagged ‘Lagos Declaration,’ where the leaders of the 17 Southern State unanimously agreed that the presidency of Nigeria is rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria.

As contained in the communiqué issued after their discussion, signed by the meeting convener, Ondo State Governor, and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the governor’s forum resolved that the next president of Nigeria should be from the South after the expiration of President Buhari’s second term in office.

In their sharp reaction to the stance of the Southern governors on the zoning of the presidency, the Nigerian youths disclosed that the North Central/Middle Belt remains the most marginalized region when it comes to Nigeria’s Presidency.

The youths noted that the decision of the Southern governors is not binding on Nigerians and that Nigerians have the final say in issues that is of concern to all.

The Northcentral geopolitical zone has been shut out of the Presidential seat since the nation got its independence in 1960

“The long spanning injustice against the Northcentral is very unfair and unacceptable. But 2023 offers the Nigerian Leadership the opportunity to correct the wrongs by zoning the Presidency to Northcentral.

“Northcentral has the most consistent political and social ideology that is pan-Nigeria more than any other geopolitical zone in Nigeria.

“In spite of the commitment of the successive leaders of the zone to promote unity of the nation, political stability at every time in history and uniting factors to all other zones of the nation, the zone is still yet to produce a President or Vice,” the youth group presented. The leadership of the Organisation accused the Southern governors of having ulterior motives to have neglected competence as the reasonable yardstick to electing the president of Nigeria. It said the Nigerian youths are ready to mobilize themselves for a young and competent candidate.

They said that the south held the presidency before the coming of President Buhari and that the zone left out in the scheme of things is the Middle Belt.

The youth group urged Nigerians to disregard the resolution of the southern governors describing it as “unreasonable.”

Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun); and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) are some of the governors present at the meeting.

Others include Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom); Diri Duoye (Bayelsa); and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta). Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, was represented by his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, same for Imo, Placid Njokwu; Abia, Oko Chukwu; and Ebonyi, Kelechi Igwe.

Anambra and Cross River State governors, Willie Obiano and Ben Ayade were absent from the meeting and without representation.

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