Mamman Daura might have spoken out the conviction that Nigeria needs make a bold paradigm shift away from the fruitless status quo. But unfortunately, his comment has raised more questions from people who have a date with 2023 presidency.
Speaking with BBC Hausa recently on Tuesday, July 28, Daura, who is President Muhammadu Buhari's nephew, had submitted that 2023 presidency should be prioritised on qualification and competence, not on tribe and regional interest.
Recently, there have been calls for for the 2023 presidency to be zoned to the south region of the country after the end of the President Buhari's government.
Familiar names including Bola Ahmed Tinubu, former Lagos state governor, Kaduna state governor Nasir El-Rufai, minister of transportation Rotimi Amaechi and a host of others have been identified as capable hands to succeed the president when his tenure ends.
But Daura, who is an elder statesman and a major influence in Buhari's government, said Nigeria does not need a rotational presidency which he said has been done three times. He, instead, posited that Nigeria must look beyond the region to elect its new leader in 2023.
In his words: “Rotation has been done once, twice and three times - it is important that this nation should be united as one, the most qualified/competent (among aspirants) should be elected and not someone who comes from a particular zone."
Daura statement has been courting different comments from advocates of power shift who berated him for being hypocritical, wondering why he never made mention of that in prior to the 2019 general election which brought Buhari to power.
Ohanaeze Ndi'gbo speaks
Reacting to Daura's comment on power shift, the president-general of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo insisted that it is the turn of the south, particularly Ndigbo to produce the president in 2023.
The organization warned that equity should not be sacrificed on the altar of parochialism since it was the rotation sentiment that produced the present incumbent.
“The statement by Mamman Daura is, to say the least, self-serving. He should’ve said this before the 2019 elections. They ganged up to push President Jonathan aside because they believed it was the turn of the north to produce the president.
“Having benefited enormously from his nephew being the president, he now wants it jettisoned because it is the turn of the south. Equity is a constant flagship for peace and good governance. Without it, there will be continued agitation and crisis,” Nwodo said.
Middle Belts also reacts
In the same vein, people of the middle belt region of the country under the Middle Belt Professional Forum (MBPF) cautioned Daura over his comment on the 2023 presidency.
In a statement sent to journalists on Wednesday, July 29 in reaction to the comment, the president of the group, Prince Moses Dalyop, on described Daura as “a deceptive and treacherous hypocrite.”
“As someone who is known to be behind Buhari's failed presidency, Daura should first apologize to Nigerians for the superlative incompetence that his nephew has visited on Nigeria.
“Under him, Nigeria became the global capital of poverty, corruption and has grown in leaps and bounds in insecurity, banditry, terrorism and ethnic-based cleansing even in his home state of Katsina," the group said.
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