Yoruba Nation Agitator, Scholar and Professor of History, Banjo Akintoye, has opined that the northern part of Nigeria will continue to rule and dominate the country irrespective of who is in power as President.
According to him, with the 2023 general elections fast approaching, political permutations have been intense with the 17 Southern Governors demanding that the next President must come from the South.
He however noted that the North had always wanted to dominate the rest of the country and it has now reached a point where Nigeria is no longer a country.
He stated that there is no other country in the world, where one region or section of the country controls the resources of your land and treat you more or less like slaves, adding that even when some Southerners like Olusegun Obasanjo and Goodluck Jonathan came to power, they operated under the dictates of the North.
He further cited the regime of Olusegun Obasanjo when the Northern elite converted the North into a separate Islamic State, against the constitution of Nigeria, while Obasanjo could not do anything about it.
Similarly, a coalition of 52 northern groups under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, yesterday in Abuja endorsed the position of the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, that the Northern region would take advantage of its population to retain political power beyond 2023.
Abdul-Azeez Suleiman, spokesman for the Coalition of Northern Groups, CNG, stressed that the North would no longer succumb to threats and blackmail, which the Southern politicians feel is their only path to the Presidency.
The Coalition of Northern Groups spoke in response to the positions canvassed by Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Afenifere and the Middle Belt Forum for a Southern President.
It will be recalled that the Northern Elders Forum, NEF, had on Saturday, September 18, during the inaugural Maitama Sule Leadership Lecture Series by the Coalition of Northern Groups Students Wing, said the North would use the power of votes to retain political power beyond 2023.