The Coalition of Northern Groups has attacked the Southern Governors for demanding that the presidency should return to the south in 2023.
Recall that the Southern governors at the end of their meeting in Lagos on Monday demanded that the presidency should return to the south after President Muhammadu Buhari concludes his tenure in 2023.
In a statement on Monday by its spokesperson, Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, CNG claimed that the Southern governors are trying to force a regional shift of the Presidency in 2023 by whatever means with their declarations.
Suleiman added that the gang-up against the North will not work, saying that the governors’ resolutions on 2023 exposed a deliberate attempt to impose a contentious system of rotational presidency aimed at achieving dubious political goals to weaken the North.
On anti-grazing law, the coalition called on the Federal Government to ensure that herders’ rights to freedom of movement were not impeded by any legislation.
Reacting to the governors’ position on the DSS invasion of the residence of a Yoruba Nation agitator, Sunday ‘Igboho’ Adeyemo, CNG accused the southern governors of shielding “criminals” by challenging the prerogative of the Federal Government to enforce law and order in all parts of the country.
The statement reads, “The desperation of the southern governors to shield the assortment of criminals, incite and carry out attacks, and wanton destruction of lives and property of other citizens and national security assets has exposed the level of their complicity in the operations of the armed terrorist groups in the South.
“Their support for treasonable felony, by the subtle endorsement of the activities of such criminal separatist forces led by the likes of Sunday Igboho and Nnamdi Kanu, by warning the nation’s security agencies against operating in the region without obtaining permission from the governor of the particular state is a matter that must be given the seriousness it deserves.”
“The northern group added that the governors resolutions on 2023 exposed a deliberate attempt to impose a contentious system of rotational presidency aimed at achieving dubious political goals to weaken the North.
“This conspiracy is actively perpetrated with the connivance of some northerners and accommodated by the personal ambition of a few of those that present themselves as northern political leaders.
“Inevitably, the immediate trigger to the Lagos pronouncements was the collaborative assurances by the former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima and the Kaduna State Governor Nasir Elrufai given just two days earlier.”