The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) has stressed the need for power to return to the southern part of the country after the expiration of President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure in 2023.
This is as the group throw its weight behind former governor or Lagos State and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for the presidency.
In a statement on Tuesday by the director, Professor Ishaq Akintola, MURIC urged the South-West to jettison separatist tendencies and ethnic hostilities for the quest for central power in 2023.
“It is on record that the Yoruba have complained bitterly about marginalization. This has resulted in the emergence of separatist groups calling for the establishment of Oduduwa Republic. However, the reality staring the Yoruba in the face today is the complex nature of the process of separation vis a vis the proximity of a big opportunity of gaining political power in 2023 through an already well known democratic process.
“Fortunately the Yoruba do not have to search too far as a former governor of Lagos State and leader of the ruling party has shown interest. Here is a candidate that brandishes impeccable pedigree. Nobody can deny his political dexterity. He is known to have fought and won several political battles. The best the Yoruba people can do for the region is to rally behind this candidate and ensure that he clinches power in 2023.
“Power shift to the South has become mandatory as President Muhammadu Buhari would have spent eight complete years by 2023 and all eyes are presently on the South West. Therefore the region cannot afford to lose the opportunity due to restlessness, recklessness, unnecessary protests, issuance of quit notices to other ethnicities and a general lack of stability.”