Northern Elders Place Condition on the Next President Being a Southerner

Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a representative for the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), has set several requirements for the next president to be a politician from the South.

Baba-Ahmed, speaking on Arise TV on Tuesday, urged Nigerians to go beyond religious and ethnic emotions in the run-up to the 2023 general elections.

He said that the southern governors’ demands that the area provide the future president were not adequately articulated.

The North Will Continue to Control, Rule Nigeria – Northern Elders Forum

You cannot threaten us with violence and intimidation. We can read the constitution; we know what it takes to be the president. You have to score at least 25 percent in 24 states. There are no 24 states in the north, which means no northerner can become president, unless he gets support from the southern part of the country.

“By the same token, no southerner can become president unless he gets support from the north. We understand this; we are not ignorant. We know there will be a time when someone from the south will become president.

“But it must be a president that will emerge through the political and electoral process. He must be a president that southerners and northerners both like and vote to make him or her president.

“He must be a Nigerian president, not an ethnic president, not a regional president, not a religious president,” Baba-Ahmed said

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