Umuahia – Against projections being spread that the Presidential slot be zoned to the South West or to any zone in the country, Abia State Chairman of Christian Association of Nigeria, (CAN), Dr. Emmanuel Otutubuike Agomuo, has said such projection would further undermine the unity of the country, maintaining that the Presidential slot in 2023 should go to South East zone.
Speaking to Daily Independent in Umuahia on Wednesday, he said i would be gross injustice if the people of the Southeast were denied the Presidential slot and challenged leaders of the zone to go for it, as political power is not freely given rather it is struggled for but not with violence.
He said the only way people of the zone could clinch the position was by coming together irrespective of political parties.
Agomou, however, called on traditional rulers in the zone to consider meeting at the zonal level of the Traditional Rulers’ Council in order to convene a meeting with all religious and political leaders from the zone where they should speak with one voice.
“The traditional rulers should bring together religious and political leaders to critical conference that would study the situation. The zone has capable men with credibility, proven acumen that they would bring to bear in the development of the country and pull it out from its present socio-economic situation when President Buhari’s tenure expires in 2023.
“The people of South West have no reason to begin to demand that the Presidential slot be zoned to them because they have already taken their own turn, even the people of the South -South have taken their own slot. It would be gross injustice if the people of the South East zone are not considered by other politicians from other zones. So, our political leaders should begin to reach out to their colleagues in other zones for their acceptance that the Presidential slot should go to the South East Zone,” he noted.
On the RUGA settlement, the Senior Apostle of the Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim and Seraphim cautioned against any move to revisit the issue, which he said has been widely rejected by stakeholders of the zone. He urged the Governors to continue to maintain their position no matter the pressure.
In his words, “I really don’t want RUGA in Abia State nor in part of the South East, it is a ploy to Islamize the country. The Fulani have been staying in this part of the country for a long time doing their cattle business without any settlement and no problem, but to come and demand a settlement is not acceptable to us. Igbo people and indeed other ethnic groups living in the northern part of the country were not given land to develop as their settlements, so, I do not see any justifiable reason to donate land for the RUGA project.”
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