According to the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum (AYCF), the North still has four years of rule in Nigeria after President Buhari’s tenure.
The governors of the southern states demanded that Nigeria produce its next president by 2023.
Yerima Shettima, AYCF’s National President, made the statement while criticizing the Southern governors for their call for a rotating presidency to the South by 2023.
Shettima stated that the North is missing four years because the former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo (now Goodluck Jonathan) ruled Nigeria for 14 consecutive years to favor the South while Musa Yar’Adua or Buhari would have ruled Nigeria for 10 years in 2023.
He stated that this was their view and it is not binding on Nigerians or Northerners. We live in democracy, and that must be practiced with full inclusion. As far as we are concerned it is not binding on anyone and no one will follow such a resolution.
“If we’re talking about justice, it wasn’t served to us as far we are concerned. Obasanjo wouldn’t have had eight uninterrupted years, Yar’Adua did only two years, then Jonathan assumed the role of acting president in 2009. Jonathan shouldn’t have contested following the arrangement.
“North should have eight uninterrupted years, but there was an interruption due natural or unforeseeable circumstances that we found ourselves in.
“After Yar’Adua’s death, the two years remaining with Buhari’s eight-years, if he finishes you will discover that North only has 10 years. So where are the remaining four years?
“We insist that no one can intimidate us. I will repeat it again, nobody, not even Southern governors, can intimidate North as it is today. The decision of the Southern governors is solely theirs and is not binding upon anyone in the North.