‘Seun Ibukun-Oni, Abuja
DAILY COURIER – Arewa Professionals in the United Kingdom (AP-UK), has described the ambition of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Abdulazeez Yari, to be the 10th Senate President as selfish and greedy.
In a release issued by the 654 membership Arewa Think-Thank and signed by its President, Mr Yunana Shibkau, in London, Thursday, it expressed reservations on Yari’s aspiration for the office of the senate president.
Shibkau called on Senator Yari to drop his ambition and accept the position of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has adopted Senator Godswill Akpabio, as the next Senate President.
Shibkau, who was a Special Assistant to former Governor of Zamfara State, Alhaji Sani Yerima, between 2001 and 2003, said it is common knowledge that the basis for any viable democracy, especially in a diverse and complex country like Nigeria, is fair and equitable sharing of critical political offices.
“It would, therefore, be in the best interest of the nation and our democracy to ensure that the next Senate President of Nigeria in 2023 emerges from the South as agreed upon by the APC leadership.
“We want to remind these disgruntled senators that the north had the country’s President for eight years, as well as the Senate President. In the spirit of oneness, the next senate president should come from the south and he must be a Christian. We have uncovered a grand design and a dangerous plot by some disgruntled and uncivilised politicians from the north extraction to destabilise the incoming administration of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. This is a warning to those politicians that we would mobilise the discerning northern youths against them.
“We need a Senate President that possesses instinct, diligence and national interest, a refusal to be bound by the parochial concerns of one’s own personal gain, unfortunately all these are lacking in Yari and fully possessed by Akpabio.
“At this moment in our nation, we don’t need a religion bigot or person who has no respect for other religion like Yari as a Senate President. The 10th senate president should be a person representing known schools of thought on societal transformation. He should be a person who can express ideas with a sound understanding of the various differences in the various aspects of economic, political and social life”, the group said in the statement.
It further said that Senate leadership requires the intellectual disposition and sagacity to be in a position to come up with and discuss solutions to various national challenges.
“The Senate President should be able to provide solutions to the upsurge in insecurity and disunity, growing inflation and unemployment, providing alternatives to borrowing for developments whilst paying up overdue debts”, he added.