BY PETER DURU
MAKURDI—A group under the aegis of Concerned Arewa Patriots, CAP, Monday, wants the north to produce the president of the country in 2015, saying it would not only solve the current problem of insecurity in the country but would compensate for the truncated tenure of late President Umaru Yar’Adua.
Addressing newsmen, the National Coordinator of CAP, Alhaji Mayaki Idris said “zoning of the presidency to the north would afford the zone and its leaders an opportunity to address the socio-political and security challenges confronting the country.”
The group, however, urged the three political zones in the north to “work together with other zones in the south to realize the truncated tenure of Yar’Adua presidency without resulting to situations that would give rise to suspicion, rancour and insecurity.”
Idris pointed out that since the north had in the past supported other zones in their quest to lead the country, “good conscience demanded that they equally support our noble intentions.”
The CAP further noted that the quest for a northern presidential candidate should be devoid of all socio-religious or political considerations as Nigerians must look for a candidate who would enjoy the support of the majority of the people.
“The qualities of such a candidate should not be compromised, the Nigerian president of northern extraction that we are talking about come 2015 should have credibility, not based on ethnicity, political and religious sentiments.
“He should be incorruptible, saleable, reliable and have track record of nationalism and performance; that is what our nation, Nigeria needs,” he stressed.