– Northern socio-political groups have reached a consensus on the restructuring of the country
– The groups believe restructuring would benefit Nigeria
– The northern region was previously opposed to the call for restructuring
The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) and other leaders of the region have disclosed that the region will not be stampeded or blackmailed into taking major decisions around rotating the presidency.
The organisations that attended the summit include the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) Coalition of Northern Groups (CNG) Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) and others.
The groups described restructuring a vital necessity for survival as one united entity.
According to The Guardian, they noted that north will be stronger if it addresses its internal weaknesses.
The groups said:
For Nigeria to survive, all parts of the country must equally commit to supporting its continuation as one entity, without equivocation or subterfuge.
“The North extends an invitation to groups that are genuinely interested in discussing the future of the country. The North believes that every interest can be accommodated in one united, just, and equitable nation, but the North cannot be the sole custodian of this endeavour.”
Meanwhile, Professor Ango Abdullahi, the chairman Northern Elders’ Forum (NEF), has declared that the north would not vote along ethnicity and faith lines in choosing leaders in 2023.
The Nation reported that he said the northerners had learnt their lesson at a great cost. Legit.ng gathered that Abdullahi stated no northerner should assume he is guaranteed the support and votes of northerners simply because he is one of them.
The northern leader said experiences have taught the region the values of critical scrutiny of records, dispositions, and empathy.
In another news, Governor Bello Matawalle of Zamfara state has described the protests against the medical vacation of President Muhammadu Buhari in London, United Kingdom, as an attack on northern Nigeria.
Some Nigerians led by a former presidential aide, Pastor Reno Omokri, have been protesting in London against the president’s trip.
In a statement issued on Thursday, April 8, and seen by Legit.ng, Governor Matawalle described the protests as sponsored.