By Charles Opara
They also warned southern political stakeholders not to compromise this stance by engaging in actions and aspirations that would compromise the ‘shared resolve’ of the southern people.
The statement further reads, “We maintain that the basis of any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country such as Nigeria, is fair and even sharing of power. Therefore, unequivocally, and in full resolve, again, call on all political parties in the country to zone their presidential tickets to the South.
“Accordingly, we call on all lovers of peace and equity in Nigeria, particularly our people of Southern Nigeria and Middle Belt region to reject any political party that fails to zone its presidential ticket to the South.
“Consequently, we caution political stakeholders from southern Nigeria against aspirations or actions that will compromise the shared resolve of our people.”
They also called on the FG to restructure the country to ‘reflect true federalism and enthrone equity, fairness and justice’ before the 2023 general elections.
They also alleged that the regime’s ‘lukewarm’ attitude in tackling insecurity in the country lent credence to the impression that they were using insecurity to ‘foster certain political agenda’.
“More disconcerting is the fact that the women and children rendered widows, orphans, and displaced by the terrorists, now being gratified by the Federal Government and its security agencies, are wallowing in wretched IDP camps.
“We also warn that the Federal government’s lukewarm attitude in tackling the security challenges in the country lends credence to impressions that this administration is using insecurity to foster certain political agenda,” part of the statement read.
Leaders of the pan-Yoruba organization Afenifere; the pan-Igbo socio-cultural organization Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide; the Middle Belt Forum; and the Pan Niger Delta Forum issued a joint statement at the end of a meeting in Abuja on Thursday, which was obtained by Saturday PUNCH.
Kanu has been detained for 258 days in the facility of Nigeria’s secret police, the Department of State Services, after being arrested on June 27, 2021.
“The continued detention and trial of Nnamdi Kanu on terrorism and treasonable felony charges while known Boko Haram terrorists are given VIP treatment and hosted in Government Houses is not only provocative and perfidious, but also a bizarre double standard on the part of the Nigerian State,” the group stated.
“In the national interest, we demand immediate release.”
Nnamdi Kanu’s release, as well as the cessation of any further persecution of Sunday Igboho, who is currently on conditional release in Benin Republic.”
Speaking about the 2023 election, they reiterated their previous position that the South would not support any political party that did not zone its ticket to the south.
They also warned southern political stakeholders not to jeopardize this stance by engaging in actions and aspirations that would jeopardize the southern people’s “shared resolve.”
“We maintain that the foundation of any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country like Nigeria, is fair and even sharing of power,” the statement continues. As a result, I unequivocally and unequivocally call on all political parties in the country to zone their candidates.
Tickets to the South for the presidential election
“As a result, we urge all lovers of peace and equity in Nigeria, particularly our people in Southern Nigeria and the Middle Belt region, to reject any political party that does not zone its presidential ticket to the South.”
“As a result, we caution political stakeholders in southern Nigeria against aspirations or actions that would jeopardize our people’s shared resolve.”
They also urged the FG to restructure the country before the 2023 general elections to “reflect true federalism and enthrone equity, fairness, and justice.”
They also claimed that the regime’s ‘lukewarm’ approach to dealing with insecurity in the country gave credence to the impression that insecurity was being used to ‘foster certain political agendas.’
“More troubling is the fact that the women are
and children left widowed, orphaned, and displaced by terrorists, who are now being rewarded by the Federal Government and its security agencies, are languishing in deplorable IDP camps.
“We also warn that the Federal government’s lukewarm approach to addressing the country’s security challenges lends credence to perceptions that this administration is exploiting insecurity to advance a specific political agenda,” a section of the statement read.