Engage Gov. Bello as Part of Your Consultation – Arewa Group Advises Ohanaeze Ndigbo
By Habila Victor, Kaduna
The Arewa Youth Forum (AYF) on Monday advised the Igbo Socio cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, to engage the likes of Governor Yayaha Bello, of Kogi State in their quest to draw support for their region in the 2023 Presidency instead of accusing him.
In a reaction to a statement credited to the Ohanaeze Ndigbo that the Kogi state Governor Alhaji Yahaya Bello was still in school when the issue of zoning and rotational presidency was discussed and agreed upon, AYF National President, Comrade Gambo Ibrahim Gujungu said the group should employ diplomacy in their drive.
Gujungu, at a Press Conference in Kaduna, noted that Bello, is a bona-fide Nigerian, a member of a political party and a state governor for that matter, adding that what stop Ohanaeze Ndigbo from engaging him as part of its consultation and building bridges across the country.
“Ohanaeze Ndigbo should tread the part of diplomacy and building bridges across the country instead of sticking to political entitlement as it concerns the 2023 presidency.
“It is better if the South East go for negotiation instead of feeling that they are entitled to the Presidency just like that.
“Democracy and the political system did not recognize self entitlement, but Consultation, campaign and the spirit of give and take.
“Democracy is a game of number, where the minority have their say and the majority have their way. Also as it concerns the 2023 Presidency as Nigerians all the zones are entitled to lead the country, but this should not be done by threat or casting aspersions at another person that is showing interest in leading the country.” He said.
He added “I don’t think that this approach by the Igbo socio cultural group will succeed if they really want the Presidency. Also Nigerians have not be told whether Ohanaeze Ndigbo is working for the Peoples Democratic Party that had rotation in its constitution or the All Progressives Congress that did not have that in their constitution or any other party.”
Gujungu also task Ohanaeze Ndigbo to first put its house in order by discussing with the people of the south East “if they want secession or the Presidency”, adding that Nigerians are confused and still wondering what the South East really want.
The leader of Northern youths with members from the 19 Northern states and Abuja advice Igbo leaders to first put their house in order, stop the uprising and discordant tune in the region, and approach Nigerians with a common front if actually they are serious about the Presidency in 2023.
He also urged Nigerians not to sacrifice, “competence, energy to serve the country and knowledge of contemporary international politics in the twenty first century on the alter of zoning”.