Oba Abdulrasheed Adewale Akanbi, The Oluwo of Iwo, urges lawmakers from the North to support the 2023 rotation of the presidency to the South.
Oba Akanbi maintained that, The Yoruba Nation agitators will be vindicated if power is retained in Northern Nigeria.
The king, who gave the advice in a statement issued by his chief press secretary Alli Ibraheem, pleaded with politicians not to split Nigeria apart but to allow Southern contenders to fight with one another because the traditional power-sharing is what is preserving the nation’s unity.
In his words:
“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.”
The outspoken monarch who held that his traditional voice doused the tensions created by the Yoruba Nation Agitators appealed to Northern traditional rulers, notable politicians and stakeholders to intervene and shift power to Southern 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.”
He explained that a Southern Presidency would be in the interest of fairness, equity and unity.
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