Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, has refuted claims that the North has four more years to rule after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
Jare Ajayi, the Afenifere spokesman described the claim as illogical, stating that it cannot stand the test of time.
Ajayi insisted that since the North has ruled Nigeria more than any other region, it will not be logical to claim that the North will have another 4 years to rule.
It can be recalled that the National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), Yerima Shettima, had said the North still has an outstanding tenure after Buhari’s tenure.
Yerima’s argument was that former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan ruled Nigeria for 14 years, representing the South, while late Musa Yar’Adua and Buhari would have ruled for 10 years in 2023, hence, the North will have an outstanding four years of presidency.
Reacting to this, Ajayi stated:
“It’s interesting that the Northern youths can make such a remark but let me make it clear that we in Afenifere believe in merit and the fact that whoever holds any political office in Nigeria should be fair, just, and govern well.
“Where this occurs, people won’t mind that much as to where the leader comes from but in Nigeria, it’s always a case of the people from the region or area where the man in charge comes from who benefit more.
“That is why it’s always a thing of it’s our turn; if unfortunately, that has not changed, it then means that such must continue.
“It’s only fair that if power resides in a particular region for eight years, it should shift to another region. Well, one can understand the sentiment expressed by the Northern youths that they still have four years.
“But if you take it from 1960 when Nigeria gained independence till now, the number of times that people of Northern extraction have been in power is much more than that of the South.
“The sentiment expressed by the Northern youths is illogic and from historical facts of Nigeria, it can’t stand the test of time because the North has ruled more than the South.”
Source: Daily Post
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