- Ibrahim Shekarau has stated that it is a matter of "common sense" to give power to the south after the north's 8 years in power
- The former minister and governor said power should not stay in the north by 2023 because Nigeria is not built on the interest of the northern region alone
- Reacting to Borno massacre, Shekarau said President Buhari erred for keeping the service chief after their 35 years in service to the country
Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has dabbled into the conversation on the 2023 presidency, with the former minister and two-term former governor of Kano state saying Nigeria must allow President Muhammadu Buhari's successor to come from the southern part.
Shekarau, who spoke on Channels TV's Sunrise Daily on Thursday, December 3, said this will allow the country to attain a political balance.
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The former governor noted that President Buhari is from the north and "common sense tells one that we should look at the other side."
"The presidency has just been from the North for eight years. Common sense tells us that we should look at the other side, to the Southern part of Nigeria. We should recognise the North and the South, this is elementary geography and history.
“Perception is what you have to carry along. If you continue to dominate on one particular side, the perception from the other side is, ‘What about me?’”
On the murder of 43 farmers in Borno state by suspected Boko Haram members, the former minister said the rule of law must be answered by the presidency, with regards to retaining the service chiefs.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari erred and broke the laws by retaining the service chiefs after their 35 years in service. The former governor added:
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"The President is breaking the law, the law says if you are 60 you must go, it is automatic."
Group begins search for Buhari's successor
Meanwhile, a group has inaugurated a steering committee to begin a search for a credible person as the country's new leader.
The northern group, Progressive Movement for Democracy (PDM), made this known on Saturday, November 28, saying the committee has been given the mandate to provide a "credible and reputable candidate" with the north interest.
Speaking during the inauguration of the committee, the group's leader, Muhammad Auwal Musa, said the north is tired of being the epicentre of poverty and insecurity in the country.
APC must respect zoning arrangement - Amaechi
Speaking on Tuesday, December 1, on Channels TV, Amaechi said the All Progressives Congress (APC) is built on the principles of zoning and should be accorded the deserved respect in picking its presidential candidates.
The constitution of the country permits every qualified and credible Nigerian to vote and be voted.
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