2023: ‘Northern presidency will worsen secessionist agitations’ – Southern, M/Belt leaders warn

Leaders of thought, under the aegis of the Southern and Middle-Belt Alliance, (SAMBA) have faulted the statement credited to the Northern Governors Forum, (NGF), regarding power rotation and declared that it was capable of fuelling secessionist agitations in the country.

The group gave the warning in an issued statement, titled: “Your statement on 2023 Presidency will fuel agitations for division, SAMBA warns northern governors“, signed by its spokesman, Rwang Pam, in Abuja yesterday.

The group noted that despite the fact that there was no express provision for zoning in the Constitution, but that Section 14(3) explicitly provides for the distribution of offices in the composition of government in the country.

It, therefore, expressed its disapproval for any attempt by any region to dominate other regions.

Part of the statement reads: “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.

“Therefore, it is not in the interest of the country for the North to hold onto power in 2023; because doing so will be to the detriment of the already fragile unity of the country and more likely to lead to an increase of separatist movements across 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!”, it further stated.

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