As 2023 draws closer, it’s becoming clearer that the muslim north has drawn up their plan to hold onto power come 2023. On both sides of the political divide, referring to the APC and PDP, there has been serious permutations and conversations about who the next president of nigeria will be. These conversations appear to made along party divides, however, the truth not being highlighted is that there is a slient agitation to keep power in the hands of the Muslim Ummah.
Had Nigeria been a muslim republic, this would not have been a problem. However, with the multiplicity of religious leanings and beliefs, and the degree to which this is the case, it is not out of place, but only fair, that participation and inclusivity is ensuered by all; not just institutionally, but also ethically.
Of course, the argument can be made that the choice of the next president should be a matter of competence and not religious or tribal considerations. This argument would have been plausible was Nigeria not standing on of religious, tribal cum regional tension lines. The calls for secession are only fueled by the disregard for these differences that have come to define who we are as Nigeria, and the unique identifiers that characterise each region. The case for one Nigeria can only be made the acknowledgment of the differences that exist among us, and an acceptance and enabling of each other for inclusive participation, progress and development.
So, where are the none muslim candidates? Why are the major parties silent about this reality? What exactly is the grand plan?
In my opinion if the major parties and thrir leading candidates are really interested in the unity and stability of Nigeria, they will insist on having a nonmuslim candidate. The ideal of natuonal interest trumping regional or religious interest should be demonstrated by this. True elderstatemen will clamour for the balance of participation and leadership.
Competence is key. And competence is not the exclusive preserve of any religion. All are equally competent, and all can actively lead.
I beg to submit that the emergence of another myslim president will further enable the lack of prace thag we are currently suffering; this, by no conscious or premeditated effort, but simply a reaction to the feelings of deprivation and exclusion that will characterize such trajectory.