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Northern Elders Forum opposes zoning of presidency to South or any region

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The Northern Elders Discussion board has opposed the clamor for zoning of the 2023 presidency to the South, saying energy ought to stay within the North.

In a keynote handle delivered on Saturday on the Assembly of Northern Leaders of Thought, NEF spokesperson, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, famous that each Nigerian and area had the constitutional proper to run for the presidential race.

The group’s remark comes days after the Nationwide chief of the ruling All Progressive Congress, Bola Tinubu, introduced his intention to run for the 2023 presidency.

“For the North, we can not say it louder. A Northerner ought to be voted President provided that he’s the most effective. Being Northerner shouldn’t be sufficient. All Nigerians want good leaders, however for us within the North, we are going to demand to see proof {that a} candidate doesn’t simply need energy to satisfy a private ambition. 

We wish to see proof that those that wish to lead us in future perceive the roots of and options to our insecurity and poverty and distances from one another. 

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We wish to understand how irredentism will probably be dealt with; how and when main modifications in our buildings and methods will probably be made to handle common grievances over the way in which our nation ought to function; how our financial system might be re-engineered to attain sustainable improvement and work for the wealthy and the poor equally, and the way our younger will probably be groomed to develop into productive, sincere and patriotic residents. 

We’ll demand to see an inclusive and competent crew that may marketing campaign with the candidate and transit with him into governance.

We wish a completely Nigerian President who will probably be as exhausting on the bandit as he will probably be on secessionists and insurgents. We wish a president with imaginative and prescient and the power to retrieve a rustic on the snapping point and place it securely on the trail of stability, safety and progress.

We’re, after all, a long way from subsequent 12 months’s elections, however will probably be harmful to disregard indicators that the journey from this level till these elections might place the nation in higher hazard. 

“We should always warn politicians to keep away from destroying a rustic they search to guide. We should demand that the battle in opposition to organized, violent crimes is intensified. We have to enhance elite cohesion even within the context of intensely-divisive electoral campaigns.”

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