Written By : Homopoliticus_Bosco
It is common knowledge that the issue of the region to produce the next President of Nigeria has continued to be debated between the North and South. Not long ago, we read a report that the Southern Governors have agreed to insist on the zoning of the 2023 Presidency to the Southern region. At the same time, the North has maintained that the region is free to contest in the 2023 presidential election.
Recently, a report by the Daily Trust revealed that the Spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, alleged that the North has the required population to win the 2023 presidential election. According to the report, he went on the state that heaven will not fall if a Northerner emerges as Nigeria’s President in 2023.
Arguably, this statement is due to the ongoing debate between the two regions over where the next President of Nigeria should come from. However, for the following 3 reasons, I am of the view that it is wrong to make such a statement about the 2023 Presidency.
1. It can incite people from one region against the other.
Considering the political atmosphere in the country, it can be argued that a statement like “heaven will not fall” could trigger reactions from the public. This could in turn, incite people from the two regions against each other. As such, I am of the view that it is wrong to use such language on issues concerning the zoning of the 2023 Presidency.
2. It shows a lack of concern for national unity
There is no doubt that doing anything in the country, with the belief that “heaven will not fall if I do it”, shows a lack of concern for national unity. Arguably, it could equally trigger people to do as it pleases them with the belief that heaven will not fall too. This can be argued to be a show of a lack of concern for national unity.
3. It puts regional interest ahead of national unity and interest
There is no doubt that the Nation’s leaders are trying their best to promote national unity. With this, one may not be wrong to expect that leaders would reason together and do what is best for the country concerning the 2023 Presidency. As such, the statement that heaven will not fall if a Northerner is elected as president in 2023, can be argued to have put regional interest ahead of national unity and interest.
Considering the 3 points discussed above, it is my view that it is very wrong for the Spokesperson of the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, to say that heaven will not fall if the 2023 Presidency goes to the North. This is even worse now that the political atmosphere in the country appears to be heating up as we draw closer to the 2023 presidential election.