As behind the scene preparations for the 2023 general elections is fast gathering momentum, the national coordinator of Southern Nigeria Unity Forum, SNUF, Chief Iwu Maurice Ogbu has warned that the beginning of splitting into two of Nigeria might occur if presidency for the Southerners come 2023 is aborted by Northerners .
Ogbu handed this warning in a strong worded press statement he issued and signed which was made available to journalists in Abuja.
According to the release, he also condemned the statement credited to the Acting Chairman, Arewa Consultative Forum,( ACF), Alh Musa Liman Kwande which was published in Daily Trust publication of November 24, 2019. In the media statement Kwande was said to have urged qualified Southerner to vie for the 2023 presidency,
He further said that he believes in one Nigeria due to its advantages, but was quick to add that it is the turn of the Southerners to produce the president in 2023, adding that any attempt by Northerners to retain power beyond 2023 will be resisted. He said the Southerners can’t continue to succumb to marginalisation as slaves to the Southerners..
In the press release, he further accused ACF Chairman of masterminding a publication in the Daily Trust of November 24, 2019. The national coordinator added that he has observed with concern that presentation of presidential candidates by the two leading political parties of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and All Progressives Congress, APC by the North in 2023 presidential elections will mean that Nigeria’s unity is in jeopardy. He went on to say that a Southern president in 2023 would among others, not only promote unity in the country, but also address the issues of marginalisation and deplorable conditions of the roads in the zones.
Still calling for unity and equity, he suggested for peaceful separation, if politicians from the North and South failed to agree on ways to handle the affairs of Nigeria peacefully. While warning against continued hide and seek game, Iwu Maurice Ogbu said he has observed that no nation progresses in isolation.