2023: Yerima Says President of Igbo Extraction will Stabilize Nigeria

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By Abdul Usman and Dayo Aborishade, Abuja

National President of Arewa Youth Consultative Forum ( AYCF) ,Alhaji Shettima  Yerima, has pleaded with the northern power brokers to consider supporting a candidate of Igbo extraction for the 2023 election for peace and stability sake in the country .

This is even as he declared support for former Governor of Abia state, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu as the North’s most preferred presidential candidate , revealing that International Community and many Consultative forums in the north are also rooting for Kalu .

THE NIGERIA DAILY recalls that Yerima is a member of the coalition that wanted Igbo people sent packing from the North in 2017.
He is also a member of the coalition that established Operation Shege Ka Fasa, the northern version of the regional security outfit that was raised by the South-West, Amotekun

In an exclusive interview granted to THE NIGERIA DAILY on Thursday night in Abuja , Yerima also defended the North saying that political pundits and opinion builders are not always right in their description and perception of the North.



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According to the Arewa leader , “ those thinking that we don’t like the Igbo and the North will not support them for 2023 presidency are totally wrong . The whole country cannot function without its part and the South East is part of the whole .

“Notwithstanding the fact that the North still need another term after President Buhari; the right, honourable and just thing to do is to support South East achieve their presidential goal in 2023. It will help to stabilize the country. The country need healing and greater unity and the best thing to do is to give total support to the people of the South East .

“The South-West has had their complete tenure through President Olusegun Obasanjo, South-South had had a tenure through President Goodluck Jonathan and South-East has not gotten it in the new dispensation.

Speaking further, he noted that “South East being among the three regional power blocks and geopolitical structures to which the British relinquished power at independence in 1960 need a seat at the Centre

“So to have another president in 2023 that is not Igbo would be unjust, inequitable and unfair. With the presidency having by national consensus rotated between the north and the southwest, 2023 should be the turn of the Igbos. There is no just, fair and equitable reason to delay the rotation of the presidency to the southeast by another presidential election in 2023.” He said

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The Arewa Leader said that every Nigerian is entitled to his ambition, adding that doing the right thing is his utmost concern .

” We are talking of doing the right thing here . We shouldn’t just be buried in our ambition, we should also consider posterity, stability and unity of this country . When you talk of ally , you talk about those who have been with us since inception. You talk about those that the North considers as loyal brothers . Don’t think that the North will look the other way when the chips are down . As long as I know, many Consultative forums in the North are rooting for Former Governor of Abia State, Senator Orji Uzor Kalu. He is detribalized enough to have the trust of entire Nigerians . He has the wherewithal and capacity to turn the economy of this country around. I can assure you that he is the most preferred candidate of the North from the entire south. Even as a devout Christian, we know how he accommodated muslims in his state when he was governor. We knew how he built several mosques for them . Even the international community are rooting for him, so the North is not the only people in this .

4 Replies to “2023: Yerima Says President of Igbo Extraction will Stabilize Nigeria”

  1. Thank you Mr Yerima, you have said your mind and what you say is though no body will thwart the talk because you hit the nail by it heads so i thank you for what you said and i use this medium as you have just give us this sense of belonging to this nation that Nigerians should give igbo man the president nevertheless we have capable men that can handle that position especially (OUK) DR ORJI UZOR KALU TALK NA DO SENATOR. The Man that cannot eat without remembering his people, the bulldozer of our time that touches the life of the needies, upon your in captive of federation but you give people of ugwueke sense of belonging to rehabilitate their road OUK which one will i say and which one will i live, I say my mentor from PDP to PPA and PPA back PDP, you’re taking me again to APC. My Senator more grease to your elbow forward ever backward never. Thanks

  2. OUK is a detribalized Nigerian of Igbo extraction, he knows Nigeria and Nigerians and can make Nigeria great again by getting us together to unleash our national strength.
    OUK can reinvent Nigeria!

  3. Thanks Yerima for thinking of the Unity of the Country. But when we get to bridge we will cross it. Igbos will give you somebody that will make the country to grow economically and otherwise. Not somebody who has question to answer in looting, embezzlement and educationally deficient. What happened to us with Burhari’s educational deficiency should not repeat itself. We are going to select carefully without sentiment. The nightmare called Burhari should not be allowed to happen again .

  4. Great experience for me to hear this from same Yerima. Notwithstanding, the Igbos has more qualified personalities who can do a better job for Nigeria like OUK. God Bless Nigeria.

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