The Arewa Concerned Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria has reiterated its stand that a person from the South must succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2023 election.
Speaking at a World Press Conference in Kaduna on Wednesday, Comrade Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, spokesperson of the group, had said
‘The Concerned Arewa Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria is a group of over 45 reputable Civil Society groups from within the Northern extraction with voting capacity-cut across all the polling units, wards, and Local Government Areas in the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“We converge here today at Arewa House to write another history of Nigeria where patriotic Northern Youth are calling for Southern candidate. This is to sustain our political friendship with people of the Southern Nigeria. Equity and justice are the banes to development in any sane society. Since the first republic power is being rotated between South and North.”
“+ Unfortunately, in 2007 when the power is shifted to North after two years God took the life of President Umaru Musa Yar’adua of blessed memory, these have created a vacuum and resulted in so many agitations by Northern stakeholders that North must complete their 8-years term as President Obasanjo did. Since the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is supreme and has a way of succession and emergence of leadership Jonathan as the Vice President was constitutionally sworn-in to be the President of Nigeria. In the heat towards the 2011 elections, many Northern stakeholders agitated that power must return to the North.”
“But for national unity and being Jonathan a minority from oil-rich Niger-Delta region of Nigeria and never produce President of the country, our stakeholders in the North advised allowing him to go for another four years term which will have completed the joined ticket of him and late President Yar’adua. In 2015, after realizing President Jonathan isn’t ready to relinquish power, Northerner stakeholders with the support of many progressive Southerners whom believed in Unity and Fairness, Jonathan’s second bid was truncated, President Muhammadu Buhari was elected and will complete his 8 years tenure by 2023.”
” There is wise saying “What is good for the goose is good for the gander” It’s important though it’s not a law of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, we have to respect our integration, brotherhood, and unity. It’s for the sake of our national unity that we are standing today and declare that power should be rotated to the South for the spirit of oneness, equity, justice, fairness and equal opportunities. Nigeria was amalgamated in 1914 with the agreement that the country belongs to all irrespective of ethnicity, religion or region.”
“For those who are beating the drum of hatred and division, trying to cause chaos and war in our dear nation because they benefit from a disunited Nigeria, we are watching and this will be a nightmare to all of them. We urge all political parties to zone their Presidential candidates to the south. Any party that refuses to do so, we are going to mobilized our teeming youth and campaign against it.”
“We the Arewa Concerned Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria in the spirit of building our desired nation and our continued existence as an entity, also not jettisoning the principles of power balance and fairness calls for the total support of Presidency to the Southern part of the country. We have no other country than Nigeria and we will not sit down and see our country disintegrate due to the selfish desires of some individuals that think the Presidency is their birthright of a particular region. Any Northerner contesting President will be regarded as agent disunity and enemy of the nation.”
“The South West is also a beneficiary of the benevolence of Nigerians who supported their first bid for an 8years Presidency and Vice President for year another 8 years should also be willing to relinquish the position in the spirit togetherness and nation-building. Our hope, dreams and prayers are for an Igbo man to emerge as President 2023, more preferably, a private sector player, a technocrat, and a detribalized Nigerian with rich experience in managing economy for peace, progress, and prosperity. “
“We have agreed to meet their interest in one port and insist on the power to be transferred to Southern Part of the Country in 2023 and we call on our Southern people to drive this opportunity and support their own and also respect power rotation after 8 years. We reaffirmed our previous stand that we won’t support any Northerner as Successor of President Mohammed Buhari in 2023 for the sake of National Unity. This will help to build trust and heal the wounds calling for the dismemberment of our dear country”.
“We therefore categorically say no to any Northern candidate and should Incase any Northern candidate show interest, he/she will never get our support and we shall frustrate such selfish ambition that we believe is even dead before arrival. We know power comes from God and God never allows injustice, greed, and selfishness to rule our land. We will make or mar any candidate who has the unity of Nigeria at heart and vice versa.”