Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, leader of the Northern Groups Coalition, CNG, has said that it is not beneficial for the North to continue maintaining power in 2023.
He also noted that the political alliance between the North and the Southwest is not working. Suleiman said the North was angry at the government of President Muhammadu Buhari because they have not benefited from him.
He said this while answering questions from The Sun about which region the next president of the country should produce in 2023.
For him, the Presidency should change to the South in 2023 since the leaders of the North, including Buhari, have failed their people.
He added: “What the North must do is not to insist that power must remain in the region, which in any case does not even serve the interest of the largest population of the Northerners.
“The important thing at this point is that the political leadership of the north renegotiate its current alliance with the southwest that has never been the political ally of the north.”
“The alliance is already proving unhealthy. We are already asking the elders and leaders of the North to review the position of the region by realigning with our traditional political friends who are the Southeast and south-south.
“This has become necessary with how the Southwest is carrying out the current friendship by being more openly antagonistic with the interests of the North, even when they are the primary beneficiaries of the Buhari administration.
“Look at the way in which all the traditional, cultural, religious and political leadership of the Yoruba has firmly expressed itself in support of Sowore’s call for insurrection just because he is his son, no matter what he categorically declared that with the takeoff of protests, all the nation’s security organization would cease to exist, which is undoubtedly scary. We separated from the protests mainly because of its inherent violent concept.
“What is happening to us in the North now? Are we happy to have a northerner as president? We are not getting anything. Then, the North will be better with a president of the South who will provide services to all.
It is the elite that has not allowed us to think about Nigeria, making us feel in terms of ethnicity and religion so that they can control us. “What is the point of having an Igbo president when you have nothing in the Southeast?
What is the point of having a president from the North when all these murders are happening in the North? It is even worse for us now because when we talk, they will say that we are fighting our brother, but if it is a southerner, we can speak and shout.
“In 2014, I cited an example, and people agreed with me that if having a president of an area is the criteria for development, then the North would have been the most developed.
“This is because the northerners have maintained power for most of Nigeria’s existence. Why are we the most back then? The Southeast has just maintained control nominally during the First Republic, but why are they the most developed?
“So, all this noise about the president’s origin is just an elitist way of manipulating our thinking. Do we not have governors of our localities? What are they doing for us? We even have presidents of local governments. Are they working for us?
“No, because we are not asking you to do the right thing. People think that this division is only nationally. It is even there locally. I am from Zaria, and if I am commissioned now, some people would say that they are people of Zaria.”