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2023: North Still has 4 Years to Rule After Buhari- Arewa Youths Reply Southern Governors

According to the logic of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), the North won’t cede power to the South in 2023 because they still have four more years to rule.

The Group, through its President, Shettima Yerima, said the South has ruled Nigeria for 14 years, through the 8 years of Olusegun Obasanjo and the six years of Goodluck Jonathan; whilst the North will only have done ten years by 2023, through Umaru Musa Yar’Adua’s two years and Buhari’s eight years. And so, must be allowed to complete the fourteen years.

Shettima Yerima heads the Group

Shettima criticised the rotational presidency recently requested for by Southern Governors.
He said: “That is their personal view which is not binding on Nigerians and Northerners.

“We are in a democracy and it must be practiced with all inclusiveness; as far as we are concerned, it’s not binding on anybody and nobody will abide by such resolution.

“If we are talking about justice, it was not served to us as far as we are concerned, because there is no way Obasanjo would have had eight years uninterrupted, Yar’Adua only did two years then Jonathan took over as an acting president in 2009 and in 2011, Jonathan should not have contested going by the arrangement. North is supposed to have eight years uninterrupted but their was interruption due to natural or unforseen circumstances we found ourselves in.”

“We forsaw a day like this coming, Jonathan contested in 2011 and won the election. He had six years while Obasanjo had eight years; all in favour of the Southern part of the country. Jonathan and Obasanjo did 14 years in favour of the South.

“After the death of Yar’Adua, the two years outstanding with Buhari’s eight years, if he finishes, you discover that North has only 10 years; so where lies the remaining four years, where is justice?

“We insist that nobody can intimidate us, I will say it again, nobody, not even the Southern governors can intimidate the North as it is today. The decision of the Southern governors is purely their business and is not binding on any of us in the North.”

The way rotational presidency works in Nigeria is this, that one of the three main regions or tribes, that is the Hausa North, the Igbo East and the Yoruba West, get to produce the President after every four to six years. The arrangement seeks to provide equity and eschew marginalisation, but it all seems to be in shambles now.

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