The Chairman Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, Senator Adamu Bulkachuwa, has said that the killings, banditry and agitations especially in the South-East were all prelude to the general elections in 2023.
Bulkachuwa, who declared that the Nigerian government will not bow to the demands of those he described as “insurgents” in the South-East, said there would not be zoning of the Presidency because it is undemocratic and unconstitutional.
Speaking on Channels Television, Adamu stated that the Nigerian government would have no choice but to war in the South-East if the people demand for it.
“There are people who feel democracy is not good enough for them and they want to devise their own means of belonging to this entity called Nigeria and if they don’t have their wish, they’ll let Nigeria go to pieces.
“So is that anything that the constitution allows or encourages? So they’re absolutely outside the realm of the constitution.
“They’re just rebels, arsonists and criminals in short. So, what are we going to consider to even give them a chance to come and say their wish and let Nigeria tremble and bow before them and say ‘okay, we’ve granted you your wish.’
“Those insurgency in the Southeast, they’re all claiming that they want their own country called Biafra right? If that is the case, is it by killing people that they’ll get their country?
“They’ve tried it before; do they want us to go back to the same route? I don’t think so. But if they do, if that’s what they choose, has Nigeria got any choice?
“Will we just allow them, bow and say, ‘we’ll grant you your own wish?’ No. Nigerian government has to stand out, fight them and give them what they want.”
The South-East has been clamouring to be given the opportunity to produce the next President of the country come 2023, but to Senator Bulkachuwa, political parties should be allowed to present the right candidates from any zone for Nigerians to pick from.
“I don’t even believe in zoning. I believe the right candidates should be fielded by all the parties and then let Nigerians choose from the best among them.
“I don’t believe zoning is democratic. I don’t believe zoning will produce the best president for this country.”