Former Aviation Minister, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode says Southern Nigeria preferred restructuring of the country to being handed the 2023 presidency.
He stated this in a tweet on Monday while reacting to calls for a Southerner to emerge as president after President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term.
Fani-Kayode said moves to “appease” the South with the presidency in 2023 would not work, adding that the region was more interested in either restructuring of the country or “outright independence”.
He wrote: “To those that seek to appease us by saying that they may concede the Presidency to the south in 2023 I say this. The south is more interested in restructuring or outright independence than the Presidency. Give us our freedom and keep your accursed Presidency.”
To those that seek to appease us by saying that they may concede the Presidency to the south in 2023 I say this. The south is more interested in restructuring or outright independence than the Presidency. Give us our freedom and keep your accursed Presidency.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) February 24, 2020
The ex-minister, who is currently being prosecuted by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) for N4.9 billion fraud is due to appear before Justice Rilwan Aikawa of the Federal High Court for continuation of trial.
The case was adjourned on January 23 after counsel for one of his co-defendants, Joint Trust Dimensions Limited, Clement Onwuenwuenor, wrote to the court to seek an adjournment.
Meanwhile, Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, has distanced himself from any plot to break Nigeria apart.
The Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) stated this while reacting to comments by some Northern elite that the recently-launched regional security outfit, Anotekun was a prelude to the declaration of Oduduwa Republic.
“This country will remain one. The South West will not secede from Nigeria. We will continue to live together regardless of our diversities.
“I Rotimi Akeredolu can never be a party to any arrangement that will lead to dividing this country.
“I am a Yoruba man and I married from the East. I am a detribalised Nigerian. My wife is am Igbo and I have benefitted from both Igbo and Hausa people. So, I am after the unity of Nigeria,” the governor stated.