Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai on Saturday said the Presidency should return to the south in 2023.
The Kaduna State Governor made this statement during an interview with BBC Hausa service. He stated that he has not coveted the title of President as is being believed in some quarters.
His words; “It has been said that I have loved the presidency since I was a minister in the FCT [Federal Capital Territory]. This is nonsense. I do not want the Nigerian presidency. God gives power, whether you like it or not. If he wants, he will give it to you. But I have never applied for the presidency of Nigeria, no one will say I have applied for it,” El-Rufai said.
“In Nigerian politics, there is a rotation system, where everyone agrees that if the north rules for eight years, the south will rule for eight years.”
He said although the acceptance process was not written in the constitution, every politician in the country was aware of it.
“That is why I came out and said that after President Buhari’s eight-years term, no northerner should run for the Presidency. Let the southerners also have eight years.”
On the recent violence and killing in Kaduna State, especially in the South, Governor El-Rufai said the outrage over the security situation is being fuelled by people manipulating it for political, religious and ethnic gains.
He noted that the security situation in the state was stable due to the security measures he was taking.