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2023: Southern Nigeria wants restructuring, freedom not presidency – Fani-Kayode replies El-Rufai

A former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has declared that the Southern part of Nigeria was more interested in the restructuring of the country than the 2023 presidency.

He stated this on Monday in his reaction to the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai’s comment who had earlier expressed that the Southern part of the country should be allowed to produce the next president for Nigeria.

The governor said that the Southern part of the country should be allowed to produce the next president after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.

El-Rufai, who is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), added that the North had no reason to hold onto power at the end of Buhari’s second tenure.

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“But as a group, the Northern APC will have to sit down and endorse someone, most likely someone from the South, because after eight years of Buhari, I don’t think the Presidency should remain in the north unless there is some extenuating circumstances. But all things being equal, we will honour our agreement and we keep our words,” El-Rufai had said.

But in his response to Governor El-Rufai’s statement, Fani-Kayode said the position of the president should not be used to appease the people of the Southern part of country insisting that the people of the regions that made up the south were more interested in in restructuring or outright independence.

According to his tweet, Fani-Kayode described Nigeria’s presidency as “accursed.”

“To those that seek to appease us by saying that they may concede the Presidency to the south in 2023 I say this. The south is more interested in restructuring or outright independence than the Presidency. Give us our freedom and keep your accursed Presidency,” he tweeted.

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