2023: Arewa Youth MovemCalls for Power Shift to South-South
Northern Youths under the aegis of Arewa Consultative Youth Movement have called for return of power to the South-South geopolitical region of the country in the interest of justice .
According to the group ,which said it has followed with interest how the leadership of this country has been concentrated in the North for too long, there is a need to reshape , refocus , reinvigorate vision to face the future and confront the numerous challenges.
While calling on all and sundry to heed the clarion call so that Nigeria can be salvaged, it reiterated ,” We declare that a South South person should lead this country come 2023.”
Addressing journalists on state of the nation ,the spokesman of the Movement Abdullahi Balarebe explained ,” Despite the erroneous clinging to power by the Northern elite, issues of religious discrimination and tribal or ethnic sentiments have remained the order of the day.”
According to him ,the need for to be introspective and proactive on issues of concentration of power in the hands of northerners and recent agitation to retain power in 2023 again warranted for the call without equivocation that power should shift to South-South in the interest of peace and unity of Nigeria .
He further stated ,”This has now become the central theme of our collective discourse hence and we will continue to clamour for it despite seeming manifestation of tribal configuration that has taken over our value system and caused by bad leadership over the years.
However, he maintained that as Northern Youths under the aegis of Arewa consultative Youth Movement, who have a mission to change the mindset of youths and to reawaken them to the spirit of nationalism and dedication to ways that will bring about peace, progress and development in Nigeria, the call on all youths and Nigerians never to vote a President of this country who is above 55 years of age is now .
Meanwhile he noted , “As the year 2019 gradually comes to an end, it has become very pertinent to address some critical issues bedeviling our Country Nigeria.
“It is obviously clear that our country is in a threshold and the crossroad to which we have found ourselves is very pitiable.
“The issue of insecurity, strangulation of Government work, corruption , disregard for the rule of law, marginalisation, nepotism and the trampling of the fundamental human rights of the ordinary citizen has become the order of the day.
“These anomalies that have stunted our growth as a nation since independence is clearly as a result of mis-governance occasioned by the selection of favoured incompetent persons into the helm of affairs.
“Elections are not free and and the issues of our common interests have been thrown to the dogs.
“There is no even distribution amongst the various class of citizens in terms of leadership. This of course has led to the recycling of the “old Order” who continue to plunder our resources.
“Not too long ago, the President signed into law the not too young to run bill, but it is quite unfortunate that only a negligible few young persons have been able to attain leadership positions. This is clearly a case of injustice on the part of the youth of this country. ”