Former Minister of Education and the Senator representing Kano-Central Senatorial District, Ibrahim Shekarau has noted that the next President of Nigeria should come from the Southern part of the country in order for the nation to attain a political balance.
Ibrahim Shekarau said this on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily today, noting that by 2023, President Muhammadu Buhari who is from the northern part of the country, would have been in power for eight years, and common sense tells that his successor should be sought from the other side.
When asked about his position on the growing call for a South East presidency in 2023, Ibrahim Shekarau said he doesn’t see it as zoning but balancing as there has to be some sense of belonging across the state. This act, he referred to as constitution of common sense. “The Constitution of Nigeria or the constitution of any of the political parties didn’t say if I am from the North, my running mate must be from the South. It is not written but if today, I am a presidential candidate from Kano and I tell you my running mate is from Bauchi, you will say something is wrong with me.” Read also: APC Will Certainly Retain Power In 2023 If We Keep Our Promises – Babtunde Fashola
“The presidency has just been from the North for eight years. Common sense tells us that we should look at the other side, to the Southern part of Nigeria. We should recognise the North and the South, this is elementary geography and history. Perception is what you have to carry along. If you continue to dominate on one particular side, the perception from the other side is, ‘What about me?’”, he said.