As 2015 draws near and as the north clamours for a return of presidency to the region, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, northern chapter, has given its support to the call but under the condition that a Christian northerner vies for the number one seat in the land.
But while lending its suport, the association insists the presidency should be the least concern of the region as there are more pressing issues of insecurity and poverty ravaging the north.
Public Relations Officer of the CAN in the 19 northern states and Abuja, Mr. Sunny Oibe, said this in an interview in Abuja on Sunday.
Oibe said, “In all the years of Northern Nigeria dominating the leadership of this country, it is only one Christian we have produced and that was during the military. If the Presidency must come to the North in 2015, it must be of a Christian extraction.
“The Muslims in the North should allow Northern Christians be. They should forget about the Presidency because their time is up. What have they done today that they are thinking of 2015? Let us solve the problem of today and not 2015, which should not be the preoccupation of any reasonable Nigerian.
“Our position as Christians in the North is that those northerners who don’t understand anything more than lust for power should solve their regional problem themselves, because Boko Haram is a regional problem and not a Nigerian problem.
“Why is it that Boko Haram is reigning only in the North? Let the so-called northern politicians eyeing the Presidency in 2015 think of how to solve the problem first.
“If there is no North and no Nigeria, which Presidency would they preside over? So they should talk to their people because Boko Haram members are not spirits, but northerners. This is our appeal to them.
“If they think they will have to count on anybody [for the 2015 Presidency], they should forget it because Christians cannot become guinea pigs.
“The North has been dominating the leadership of this country for years. So what have they got to show for it, apart from crises, insecurity and division among us? So the North should forget about any dream of the Presidency in 2015.”