- If all things work out as planned by the northern elders, Nigeria may be getting a young person to lead the country to development
- The northern elders said the country needs to be governed by young minds and not the older generation who seems to have clung to power for long
- The elders also drummed support for a younger presidential candidate from the north-central region of the country
Elders in the north have said that there is a need for Nigerians to elect a younger president into power in the forthcoming 2023 general election.
The president of the African Leadership Institute USA and a former Nigeria’s High Commissioner to Canada, Professor Iyorwuese Hagher, said Nigeria cannot continue to have older people as her president.
Guardian reports that Hagher while speaking at the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) state secretariat in Lafia, Nasarawa state said the older generation have mastered the habit of travelling outside the country with the nation's resources for medical tourism.
Nigerians should support for north-central presidential candidacy
Noting that the north-central region of Nigeria has always supported other regions, Hagher said it is time for the geopolitical zone to produce a president.
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Addressing the need for Nigerians across the country to remain peaceful and in unity, Hagher said the country needs a uniting force that could help it reach its desired goals.
Further calling for the people to throw their weight behind a former Senate president, Bukola Saraki, the professor said the nation needs young minds to achieve development.
“He (Saraki) is that young breed with wealth of experience at every cadre of governance to restore Nigeria to where we belong.”
Also, speaking, the spokesperson for the Concerned Northern Forum (CNF), Abdulasam Kazeem, warned politicians above the age of 60 to stay away from the 2023 presidency.
Kazeem said the time has come for Nigerians to do what is right for the growth and development of the nation.
"We are ready to give our mandate to those candidates below 60 years, with good manifestos, and political will to address our immediate, short-term and long-term problems, which have made us the poverty headquarters of the world, despite our population and abundant resources."
The north has the numbers and votes to lead Nigeria
Recall Channels TV had reported that the leadership of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) had said the north will continue to lead Nigeria for as long as possible.
The group said this is possible because the region has the population and the votes to secure the candidate of their choice in an election in the country.
According to NEF, any presidential candidate coming from the southern part of the country would be totally rejected.
Northern elders group publicise their choice for 2023 presidential election
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a group, the Northern Elders Forum had made its choice for the 2023 presidential election known.
The group led by Hakeem Ahmed said the region would not be cowed into supporting any candidate through threats of secession.
Ahmed also said that the elders' group would throw their weight behind any credible candidate irrespective of their parties.
Grave allegation levelled against northern ruling class ahead of 2023
In other news, the ruling class in the north had been accused of an attempt to foist former President Goodluck Jonathan on Nigeria in 2023.
The ruling class were said to have been plotting to ensure that Jonathan replaces President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming general elections.
According to sources, when elected, the leaders believe Jonathan would only serve for four years before handing power over to a northern after his tenure.