2023: We Will Support Competency and Youthfulness, Not Zoning – Nigerian Youths To Southern Governors
Responses from the Nigerian youths have continued to trail one of the demands of the southern governors as stipulated in the resolution of a meeting held in Lagos yesterday tagged ‘Lagos Declaration,’ where the leaders of the 17 Southern States unanimously agreed that the presidency of Nigeria is rotated between Southern and Northern Nigeria.
As contained in the communiqué issued after their discussion, signed by the meeting convener, Ondo State Governor, and Chairman, Southern Governors’ Forum, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN), the governor’s forum resolved that the next president of Nigeria should be from the South after the expiration of President Buhari’s second term in office.
In their sharp reactions on several platforms to the stance of the Southern governors on the zoning of the presidency, the Nigerian youths have disclosed that their focus is on the competence of candidates and not zones.
The youth noted that the decision of the Southern governors is not binding on Nigerians and that Nigerians, especially the youths, have the final say in issues that is of concern to all.
They accused the Southern governors of having ulterior motives to have neglected competence as the reasonable yardstick to electing the president of Nigeria. It said the Nigerian youths are ready to mobilize themselves for a young and competent candidate.
The Nigerian youths which formed about 60% of the country’s population also noted that considering zoning, the North Central should be given the chance and not the South. It said that the south held the presidency before the coming of President Buhari and that the zone left out in the scheme of things is the Middle Belt.
The youth through their several comments on social media platforms urged Nigerians to disregard the resolution of the southern governors describing it as “unreasonable.”
Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos); Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (Ondo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun); Seyi Makinde (Oyo); Nyesom Wike (Rivers); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun); and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi (Enugu) are some of the governors present at the meeting.
Others include Emmanuel Udom (Akwa Ibom); Diri Duoye (Bayelsa); and Okezie Ikpeazu (Abia); Ifeanyi Okowa (Delta). Edo State governor, Godwin Obaseki, was represented by his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, same for Imo, Placid Njokwu; Abia, Oko Chukwu; and Ebonyi, Kelechi Igwe.
Anambra and Cross River State governors, Willie Obiano and Ben Ayade were absent from the meeting and without representation.