There has been a major protest against the 2023 presidential ambition of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The peaceful protest by a group under the aegis of North-4-North Support Group for Atiku held across Nigeria.
The protesters also consist of former support groups for Atiku’s presidential bid in 2019, who said they were not supporting him this time around; rather, he should shelve the ambition for the Southeast region to emerge as Nigeria’s president come 2023.
The protest started on Monday and was held simultaneously in Lagos, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, and Kaduna States, demanding the former vice president to jettison his presidential ambition.
In a statement jointly signed by the national coordinator and national secretary, North 4 North Support Group for Atiku, Mohammed Garba, and Abubakar Sanni, respectively and read during the protest in Kaduna, it pointed out that the former VP should have a rethink of his ambition.
“We, on our part, have promoted the candidature of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for years, but we humbly call on the former vice president to do us a good turn in return for the many good turns we have done for him.
“We have sacrificed a lot pushing for the presidency of Atiku Abubakar all these years; even though we have been abandoned by him after each election cycle, it is time for him to project national interest outside of his need to become president.
“At almost 80years, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar does not have enough in the tank to put in the high level of physical and mental effort required to fix Nigeria.
“Only one region in Nigeria has not been given a chance to take the presidency of Nigeria, and it is only fair that 2023 almost a quarter of a century into our current democratic system, the southeast is reminded that they just as Nigerian as the rest of us.
“Fairness and equity is the major ingredient for the sustainability of any society as history have clearly shown, and Nigeria can be no exception to this clear and present rule of nation-building; when a society begins to deviate from the principle of fairness and equity, it declines and slides down the rabbit hole of oblivion.
“The southeast deserves the presidency of Nigeria come 2023, and we must narrow down our focus to searching for the best candidate from the region, rather than allowing the public discourse space to be crowded by a cacophony of distractions that will end up robbing us of the very best of us,” the statement says.