According to Shettima, the Senate Presidency should not be given to a Northerner or a Muslim.

Yerima Shettima, the National President of AYCF, claimed that a young organization from the North originally desired to offer the South East the Senate Presidency. However, the position was assigned to the South-South as a result of the ruling party’s dominance. Shettima emphasized the North’s worries about Senator Godswill Akpabio’s prior record and the necessity of respecting various religious origins in Nigeria’s multiethnic society. He praised the choice of a South-South senator as Senate president but questioned the APC’s choice.

Yerima Shettima, the president of the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), asserted that a youth organization in northern Nigeria wanted to give the South East area the Senate Presidency ticket. He was disappointed that the power of the ruling party ultimately won out, though. Shettima reiterated the North’s misgivings on Senator Godswill Akpabio’s Senate record and status as a former Akwa Ibom governor.CONTINUE READING>>>>>

According to him, Nigeria is a circular state in the sense that the Senate Presidency is not designated to a Northerner or someone with a Muslim heritage. Because of this and the fact that the nation is going through a difficult time, we must respect various faiths. We wanted the South East, but only God knows why APC zoned it to the South-South, thus it is a positive thing that the Senate President is from the South-South.…… Continue Your Reading

Shettima clarified that their concern stemmed from the idea that the Senate Presidency should not be reserved for a person from the North or with a Muslim origin. Given the fragile status of the nation at the present, he emphasized the importance of respecting various religions. Despite their partiality for the South East, he acknowledged the benefit of having a Senate President from the South-South zone. Shettima went on to say that he was unsure of the reasons the All Progressives Congress (APC) chose to zone the job to the South-South.

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