By Mohd Kudu Kutigi
As the nation move towards 2023 elections, various stakeholders and political parties are making permutations on how best their interest can be secured.
Presently, the All Progressives Congress APC headed by President Muhammadu Buhari from North West control the centre. In 2023, it’s expected that power would shift to another region outside north west where Pres. Buhari hails from.
Many analysts within the northern region are with the opinion that the northern elites, politicians and professionals should look inwardly towards the minorities of north central that has supported the far north in the past since 1999.
The agitations for power shift is so rife in the country and the mood across nation seems not to favour the far north of Hausa-Fulani dominance in 2023. Many southerners may not oppose an idea of northern minorities.
There are capable personalities abound in the north central region.
Already the youthful governor of Kogi State Alhaji. Yahaya Bello has presented himself in a grand style and in a such a way that he can be easily sellable to Nigerians.
Gov. Bello hails from Kogi State that with heterogeneous with the south in terms of religion, language and culture.
Kogi state is the second state with the highest number of civil servants in the northern region. In the past, the state was confronted with myriad of problems especially, security, lack of adequate educational materials, decay health care system and substandard infrastructures. But the youthful governor was able to confront all the challenges. In fact, Kogi is rated as one of best secured state in the country in terms of security. Gov. Bello has established a new university for future technology man.
A focused personality like Gov. Yahaya Bello from the region should be supported by the elites in the region to become the next President after Pres. Buhari.
For a United and cohesive one north, it’s time the Hausa-Fulani support the region in order to give the minorities in region sense of belonging.
Mall. Mohd Kudu Kutigi write this piece from Minna.