Recently, the social media has been awash with headlines bothering on the supposed tribe to produce the president come 2023 general elections in Nigeria. The north, understanding that both the East and the West are politically naïve, now uses the presidential seat as bait for the two sides.
While the North prides self as the giver (not forgetting the claim that they are born-to-rule), the Southeast and Southwest shamelessly beg to receive. The question of who owns Nigeria is thus elaborately answered. The North gets what they want not by begging but by declaration. Only the North does that.
The recent statement by the president about having no intention to run for a third term should be understood. A president who is serving out his second tenure making such utterance is quite significant. The statement, if properly analyzed, is suggestive of the fact that the North is not ready to abdicate the office of the presidency to either of the divides at the Southern hemisphere.
Recent events have shown that the North is using the presidency as bait to both Southeast and Southwest. What then could be their motive? What does the North stand to achieve in making the East and the West fight each other over the 2023 presidential slot?
If the North succeeds in causing a serious rift between the two sides, many gains can be harvested from the conflict. One of such gains is the continuation of President Muhammadu Buhari in office. Secondly, the Southeast and Southwest can be presented to the world as incompetent people that shouldn’t near the seat of presidency in Nigeria. With that, the born to rule mentality that has been nursed in the mind of every Northerner will become established.
When one looks at this from the direction of conquest, it makes more sense. The North understands that embarking on conquest of these areas without first causing the two sides to fight each other will spell doom for them. There’s no gain attached to any region becoming the president of the country. Presidency is beneficial to only the North because the North owns the country as made possible by the colonial masters.
Chibuike John Nebeokike
For: Radio Biafra Media