Northern youths protest, demand zoning of presidency to North-East or North-Central

ICINigeria reports that a Group of Northern youths staged a protest in Abuja on February 2 to demand that the region be allowed to produce Nigeria’s president when incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari leaves office in 2023.

Under the aegis of Northern Advocates for Good Governance, the youth specifically demanded that the Office of President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria be zoned to the North-East or North-Central.

The North-East states are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Taraba and Yobe.

States in the North-Central are Benue, Niger, Nasarawa, Plateau, Kogi and Kwara.

The youth, numbering about a hundred, converged at Wadata Plaza, the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

They brandished a large banner which spelt out their mission.

Large inscriptions on the banner read “Northern Advocates for Good Governance Calls for Equity, Fairness and Justice. The Presidency of Nigeria in 2023 should be zoned to the North-East or North-Central.”

Some of the youth also wielded placards.

Inscriptions on some of the placards read: “North-East or North-Central should produce Nigeria’s next president’, “North-East or North-Central deserve presidency in 2023,” “North-Central  should produce Nigeria’s president in 2023′,” “Northern  Nigeria demands equity and justice” and ‘”Northern Nigeria advocates for fairness and justice.”

The ICIR’s reporter, who monitored the protest at the PDP national secretariat, observed that the youth were clad in matching white shirts.

A man who was identified as the leader of the youths declined The ICIR’s request for an interview.

The man told The ICIR’s reporter to wait for the group’s leaders, who he said were still on their way.

But one of the youth, who identified himself as Sani, said the North-East and the North-Central deserved the presidency in 2023 because the two zones had been marginalised.

“For equity, justice and fairness, the North-East or North-Central should be allowed to produce the president in 2023. The two zones have been marginalised for so long and this is the best way to compensate them,” Sani said.

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