Northern youths back South East, Anyim for president in 2023
Northern youths under the auspices of the Arewa Concerned Civil Society Organisations of Nigeria (ACCSON), yesterday, expressed support for the demand for shift of the presidency to the South East in 2023.
They specifically backed former President of the Senate, Anyim Pius Anyim, saying the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) under former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration had already responded to their call to contest the presidential seat in the 2023 general elections.
Spokesman of ACCSON, Abdulsalam Mohammed Kazeem, who stated this at a media briefing in Kaduna, urged Nigerians to support the South East for the presidency in 2023, adding: “Anyim as a symbol of national unity has responded to our request to contest the 2023 presidency.”
He explained that March 23, 2021, no fewer than 30 civil society organisations (CSOs) in the North met at the Mallam Aminu Kano Centre for Democratic Research in Kano on the way forward and the unity of Nigeria.
He listed the CSOs to include the Arewa Youth Assembly for Sustainable Growth, Arewa Youth and Students Forum, Concerned Northern Forum, North East Peace Movement, Arewa Youth Council of Nigeria, Northern Youth Assembly for Tranquility, Northern Women Initiative Forum and North East Development Council.
Others are the North Central Grassroots Foundation, Arewa Female Youth Ambassadors Peace Initiative, Initiative of Youth Advocates on Humanitarian Affairs, Arewa Youth Movement of Nigeria, Tiv Youth Initiative for Peace, Unity and Development, Middle Belt Vanguard and Northern Youth Network for Good Governance.
At the meeting: “We reviewed the country’s situation, unity in diversity, rotational presidency, insecurity, youth unemployment, youth inclusiveness in governance and the way forward for the country.
“The leadership of the various organisations supported a one Nigeria project. We realise that only two regions of the six geo-political zones have not occupied either the President or Vice President seat since 1999, which is unfair and against any democratic standard globally,” he said.
He stressed that the South East should be treated fairly like other zones of the country, insisting that the region deserved to get what others have gotten, because they have paid their dues in their contributions and consolidation of the country.
“We believe strongly that with the rotation of the nation’s presidency, all the agitations for separation will stop, not only in the south East, but also in other regions since the essence of fairness and equity in the polity is to end marginalisation and promote unity, brotherhood and pan-Nigerian sentiment.
“Consequently, we hereby urge all political parties to zone their presidential tickets to the South East for justice, equity and fairness,” the groups added.