Following the divisive rumors making rounds that President of the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, Alhaji Shettima Yerima said that Igbo people from the Southeast geopolitical zone of Nigeria will never produce a president, a rumor that is detrimental to the unity of Nigeria if not checked.
OHAFIA-TV News recalled that the former Governor of old Enugu State, Dr. Jim Nwodo recently said that 2023 was non-negotiable for Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction, a statement that must’ve given alibi to mischief makers.
Given the rate of reactions sparked by this unsubstantiated rumor, OHAFIA-TV News contacted Alhaji Yerima on phone to verify his position on the matter and he explained that such rumor must have emanated from mischief makers who were bent on dividing the country since he had at no time earlier or after the statement by Dr Jim Nwobodo lent a voice to such madness, insisting that only a mad man would’ve made such statement.
Further, he insisted that what Nigeria needed at this time more than ever was competency to turn her fortunes around, a quality he believed abound among the people of the southeast. He, therefore, dissociated himself from the statement, stressing that most of his friends and associates were from the zone.
“I don’t know those enemies of this country who go about making stories that are not really about me. I am a true Nigerian and I also believe that citizens are equal especially in a country like ours. I can’t remember granting any interview like that but I don’t know what mischief-makers tend to achieve.
“But the truth of the matter is that the story that is credited to me is not true. It is not me. Most of my friends and closest associates come from the southeast and just yesterday, I made a statement and said look, on the issue of the president, we are even looking for competency” he said.
To lend credence to this explanation given by Alhaj Yerima above, OHAFIA-TV News also recall that a recent statement of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youths Council and Arewa Youth Consultative Forum, who are working in synergy as the foremost youth bodies in Nigeria were more emphatic on merit and competency over tribe and creed; a quality they believe is the only magic wand to salvage the nation.
One then finds it difficult to understand the motives behind this latest move by mischief-makers.
“It is clear that some people are working to disintegrate the country and I saw we are more divided than we were before. And it was on that basis that I had a rethink and made my position very clear as that yesterday.
“Let us come together and form a pan Nigeria movement where we will get across to our counterparts in the southern part of the country. The southern part includes the southeast, southwest, south-south, and other parts of the country so that we can form a national platform where we can always interface on issues relating to the betterment of this country.
“So, how could I again somersault and go back the other way and say otherwise of it? So, this statement is coming from enemies of our nation and whatever they are doing will be exposed by God’s grace when the time comes.
“But on this, I am not part of it and I will never be. Don’t forget I married from the south. How could I have gone that far to begin to build enmity between me and my fellow Nigerian brothers? No, it is not true”, Yerima said.
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