￼The Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, says it’s unfair and against good reason for north to retain power for another four years after President Muhammadu Buhari eight years in office.
He said the ascension to the highest political office should be guided by principles of fairness and justice.
The group was reacting to claims by Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, that the North still have four more years after Buhari.
Recall that the National President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, AYCF, Yerima Shettima, had said the North will not relinquish power to the south after Buhari’s tenure.
Yerima premised his assertion on the fact that the south has ruled for fourteen years cumulatively while the north would have been in power for just 10 years by the of Buhari’s tenure, hence the need for power to remain in the north for four more years to even things out.
Reacting, Ajayi said Afenifere’s spokesman, Jare Ajayi, said the claim stands against good reasons and logic and cannot stand the test of time.
Ajayi said that the North had ruled Nigeria more than any other region.it would be fair that other parts of the country are allowed to produce a president.
He averred that Nigeria would be unperturbed by the region the president comes from had the country been governed on the basis of fairness, justice and vision.
“It’s interesting that the Northern youths can make such a remark but let me make it clear that we in Afenifere believe in merit and the fact that whoever holds any political office in Nigeria should be fair, just, and govern well” Ajayi said in an interview with DAILY POST.
“Where this occurs, people won’t mind that much as to where the leader comes from but in Nigeria, it’s always a case of the people from the region or area where the man in charge comes from who benefit more.
“That is why it’s always a thing of it’s our turn; if unfortunately, that has not changed, it then means that such must continue.
“It’s only fair that if power resides in a particular region for eight years, it should shift to another region. Well, one can understand the sentiment expressed by the Northern youths that they still have four years.
“But if you take it from 1960 when Nigeria gained independence till now, the number of times that people of Northern extraction have been in power is much more than that of the South.
“The sentiment expressed by the Northern youths is illogic and from historical facts of Nigeria, it can’t stand the test of time because the North has ruled more than the South.”