A coalition of 45 Civil Society Organisations drawn from the 19 northern states and Abuja, kicked in opposition to northern presidential candidates and pledged help for southern presidency in 2023.
The CSOs, underneath the aegis of the Arewa Involved Civil Society Group of Nigeria, threatened to work in opposition to northern presidential candidates, stating that for fairness, justice, and transparency sake, a southerner should succeed the President, Main Basic Muhammadu Buhari(retd.) after his tenure.
The spokesperson for the group, Abdulsalam Mohammed-Kazeem, who learn the textual content of a world press convention titled, ‘state of the nation: 2023 Presidency; although our tongue and languages may differ; in unity and brotherhood we stand,’ held on the Arewa Home, Kaduna on Wednesday, warned political events in opposition to fielding any northern candidate for the 2023 presidency.
Kazeem known as on all of the political events to zone their presidential candidates to the southern a part of the nation simply to maintain the age-long “political friendship” with southerners.
He defined that for the previous many years that political energy had been within the north, the area had not fared higher apart from poverty, banditry and terrorism.
The spokesperson stated, “the Involved Arewa Civil Society Organisations of Nigerian is a bunch of over 45 respected Civil Society teams from throughout the Northern extraction with voting capability lower throughout all of the polling models, wards and Native Authorities Areas within the 19 Northern states and the Federal Capital Territory.
“There may be clever saying “what is nice for the goose is nice for the gander.” It’s vital, although it’s not regulation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, now we have to respect our integration, brotherhood and unity.
“It’s for the sake of our nationwide unity that we’re standing at this time and declaring that energy must be rotated to South for the spirit of oneness, fairness, justice, equity and equal alternatives.
“We urge all political events to zone their Presidential candidates to the south. Any get together that refuses to take action, we’re going to mobilized our teaming youth and marketing campaign in opposition to it.
“We, the Arewa Involved Civil Society Organizations of Nigeria, within the spirit of constructing our desired nation and our continued existence as an entity, additionally not jettisoning the ideas of energy stability and equity, name for the overall help of presidency to the southern a part of the nation.”
He added, “now we have no different nation than Nigeria and we is not going to sit down and see our nation disintegrate because of the egocentric wishes of some people that suppose presidency is the start proper of a specific area. Any Northerner contesting President will probably be considered agent of disunity and enemy of the nation.
“The South-West which can be a beneficiary of the benevolence of Nigerians who supported their first bid for an eight-year presidency and vice-presidency for an additional 8 years must also be keen to relinquish the place within the spirit togetherness and nation constructing.
“Our hope, desires and prayers are for an Igbo man to emerge as President in 2023, extra ideally, a non-public sector participant, a technocrat and a de-tribalized Nigerian with wealthy expertise in managing financial system for peace, progress and prosperity.
“We’ve agreed to soften their curiosity in a single port and demand on energy to be transferred to Southern A part of the Nation in 2023 and we name on our Southern folks to drive this chance and help their very own and likewise respect energy rotation after 8 years.
‘We reaffirmed our earlier stand that we received’t help any Northerner as Successor of President Mohammed Buhari in 2023 for the sake of Nationwide Unity.
“We all know energy comes from God and God by no means permit injustice, greed and selfishness to rule our land. We’ll make or mar any candidate who has the unity of Nigeria at coronary heart and vice versa.”
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