Northern presidency will worsen division, secession agenda, South Middle Belt leaders say

A pro-Nigerian group, the Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance, have faulted the position taken by the Northern Governors Forum with respect to the issue of power shifting to the south in 2023.

The northern governors had in a communique issued after a meeting in Kaduna, on Monday, condemned calls by their southern colleagues for power to shift to the south.

In response, the Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance in a statement titled, “Your statement on 2023 Presidency will fuel agitations for division, SAMBA warns northern governors,” which was signed by its Spokesman, Rwang Pam, in Abuja on Wednesday, cautioned the northern governors against overheating the polity.

The statement read in part, “…SAMBA therefore warned the Northern Governors Forum that any further attempt by the northern region to retain power in 2023 will defeat the purpose of a united Nigeria where every man and region’s right to rule is equal and will endanger the already fragile unity of the country.

“The recent statement credited to the Northern Governors Forum that power shift is unconstitutional is an attempt to stand history on its head and could fuel separatist agitations in the country.

“The section of the Constitution referenced by the northern governors only refers to the requirements for someone to be declared as elected President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, but the relevant constitutional provision for power rotation is section 14(3) which explicitly provides for the spread of political offices in the country to prevent one ethnic group or region from dominating the others for the sake of peace and unity in the country.

“In the spirit of fairness, moral justice, national peace and equity, SAMBA stands with the majority of Nigerians: power must shift to the South!”

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