The Northern Elders Forum (NEF) convener, Ango Abdullahi, has stated that he disagrees with the idea of shifting presidential authority to the South-East following President Tinubu’s term in office. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>
During an interview with The Sun, he argued that if power is allocated to Igbos, it could lead to similar demands and expectations from Itsekiri and several other ethnic groups in Nigeria. He stated that in a democracy where each person’s vote holds equal weight, the focus should be on finding leaders capable of leading the country effectively rather than allocating power to specific regions. He criticized the idea of regional or ethnic allocation, asserting that it goes against the principles of democracy and may perpetuate ethnic divisions.
In Abdullahi’s words: “There are 500 ethnic groups in Nigeria and if we do it in the name of Igbos, then we have to do it in the name of Itsekiri next time, and in the name of these tribes that are scattered across the country. If it is justice in the name of allocating [power to] ethnic groups and with about 500 ethnic groups, then four years times 500 ethnic groups and so on. It does not make sense and will complicate our issues the more”. CONTINUE FULL READING>>>>>