The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) has criticized the stance taken by the Southern Governors, that the South should produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
The Forum made it clear the North would not be forced into yielding a democratically elected office.
NEF through Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, its Director of Publicity and Advocacy, observed that as far as the North was concerned, the idea that it would be indirectly threatened or intimidated or blackmailed into yielding an office which ought to be settled democratically is not acceptable.
The Forum sees the decision of the southern governors as an expression of sentiment that could be best discussed within a political process.
According to NEF, “We are running a democratic government and decisions over where the next president comes from are basically decisions that will be made by voters exercising their rights to choose which candidate best serves their interest.”
Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed explained that the southern governors come from the two dominant parties: APC and PDP, saying that they must have some influence in those parties.
He noted that the way it should be done was that the southern governors should influence their parties to zone the presidency to southern states and then work to convince Nigerian voters from all parts of the country to vote for that candidate.
Nobel laureate, Prof Wole Soyinka, has admitted he is against the formation of a Yoruba nation.
Soyinka, in an interview with BBC Pidgin, made it clear he prefers a united Nigeria, but under certain “rigorous conditions”.
Describing the country as a “basket case”, he said the political arrangement was not working.
On secession calls, he said: “I don’t like the sound of a Yoruba nation any more than I like the sound of a Tiv nation or an Igbo nation.
“The reason is this: there are certain pejorative overtones, chauvinistic overtones attached to it. That’s not the issue.
“When you talk about a Yoruba nation, are we talking about the creation of a nation within Nigeria...
The Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami, has denied insulting Igbos and Hausas.
Malami, who is also the Minister of Justice, is a Fulani man from Kebbi State.
He insisted that the insulting words ascribed to him against Igbo and Hausa tribes in a social media post, was the handiwork of mischief makers to cause disaffection.
Malami noted this in a statement issued in Abuja by his Special Assistant on Media and Public Relations, Dr Umar Jibrilu Gwandu
The statement read in part "The attention of the Office of the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami, SAN has been drawn to a fictitious, perfidious and mischievous post circulating on the Internet purportedly claiming to have...
‘You just proved how much of a shame and insensitive you are’ Actress Dayo Amusa blasts Yomi Fabiyi over movie ‘Oko Iyabo’
Nollywood actress Dayo Amusa has slammed her colleague Yomi Fabiyi over the controversial movie 'Oko Iyabo', a story linked to the sexual assault case of Baba Ijesha and daughter of comedienne Princess Damilola.
In a post shared on Instagram, Dayo Amusa said that Yomi Fabiyi has proved how incentivised he is to the rape case by producing such a movie and the audacity to send her the movie link on Whatsapp.
Dayo Amusa said she often does not judge people because every individual sees things and reacts to a situation differently.
However, it makes no sense for someone's pain and tribulation to be turned into something of mockery, adding that TAMPAN, Censors Board and the court of law shouldn't shy away from the issue....