The Oluwo of Iwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Adewale Akanbi has appealed to political actors from the Northern to zone the presidency to the Southern Nigeria in 2023.
Oba Akanbi said the agitators of Yoruba Nation will be vindicated if power is retained in Northern region of Nigeria.
The traditional monarch has made the call via a statement signed by Alli Ibraheem, his Chief Press Secretary.
The statement has implored political actors not to tear the country apart but allow candidates of Southern extraction to contest among themselves, as the conventional power zoning is what is building the oneness of the nation.
He said, “We’ve capable and credible candidates from Southern Nigeria vying to be president of Nigeria. The conventional power rotation has contributed immensely to cementing the unity of Nigeria. Retaining the power in the North will spur further agitations likely to question the oneness of Nigeria.”
“I’m a leading Natural Paramount Ruler from the Southern Nigeria dousing tensions of the Yoruba Nation Agitations. My intervention was to ensure a united Nigeria. Then, the Agitators raised many issues for consideration.
“One of them was the conventional power rotation of the presidency. We hoped their voice was noted for consideration. We don’t pray to see such a demonstration again. It can be curbed with political fairness ahead of the 2023 general elections. Politics must not tear the country apart”
The Yoruba monarch has maintained that a Southern Presidency would serve the interest of fairness, equity and unity.
He has sent message of warning that retaining the presidency in the North will fuel agitations.
“I’m appealing to Northern traditional rulers and stakeholders to consider the Southern presidency in the interest of fairness, equity and unity. President Muhammed Buhari of Northern extraction has almost completed two terms of 8 years. In fairness, power should return to the South.
“Retaining power in the North will fuel Agitations. We hope some of us who quenched the previous protest will not join should the power remain in the North.”