- The conversation concerning the unity of the north is still on
- A former governor of Plateau state, Senator Jonah Jang says the north is not one
- The former PDP presidential aspirant stated that the middle belt needs to be on its own and not regarded as the north
Former governor of Plateau state, Senator Jonah Jang has lamented that northern Christians are being oppressed in the north, adding that the people want to be separated from the Hausa-Fulani.
According to him, the northern Christians want to be under a different regional identity known as the middle belt.
Speaking to Daily Sun in an interview published on Saturday, January 23, Jang, who was a presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2019, said the ethnic minority from the middle belt should be given the opportunity to produce the president in 2023.
He kicked against the rotation of the presidency between the north and the south and instead advocated that the middle belt should be included among the regions to benefit from the rotation of the nation’s number one job.
“When I was running for the presidency in 2019, I went to see one of the top leaders in this country and you know the presidency has always been rotated between the major tribes except for Jonathan that got it because of the death of President Yar’Adua, I call it by accident.
“You remember, just to allow him to act before the death of President Yar’Adua, it was war. What was I told by that leader? He said as good as I may be, he cannot see how a Christian minority will win an election in Nigeria, this is the first time I am saying this out.
“It has come to a time that we have to start talking out. So if there is going to be a rotation of the presidency, then it has to be between the north, the Middle Belt, and the north otherwise, no Middle Belter can be president, I didn’t hear it as a rumour, I was told face to face.”
He stated that the northwest is the biggest beneficiary of the rotation, adding that politicians from the region are already gearing up towards 2023.
He advocated for the major political parties in the country to review their rotation policy to accommodate the Middle Belt.
In a related development, former Anambra state governor, Mr. Peter Obi, has declared that the reason Nigeria tends not to be working at this moment is that many individuals in various offices were recruited based on sentiment.
Obi, a former vice presidential candidate of the PDP, lamented that those in authority are not making appointments based on competence but on emotions.
Meanwhile, some northern elders have said the region is under the siege of Boko Haram, bandits, and kidnappers, asking President Muhammadu Buhari to restore peace to their domain.
The elders under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development expressed their concerns in a statement seen by Legit.ng and signed by the group's national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni.
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