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Power must shift to South in 2023 for equity and justice – Shettima
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A former Borno State Governor, Kashim Shettima, has called for a power shift to the southern part of Nigeria in 2023.
Shettima made the call in Abuja on Friday at the public presentation of the book titled ‘Standing for the Truth with Courage.’
The book was written by Prof. Emeritus Njidda Gadzama, who is the Chairman of the TETfund Research and Development Standing Committee.
The book, prescribed as a resource material on the culture and language of the Margi people in Borno, is a story of Gadzama, covering details of special events in his life.
The former governor, stressing that the hope of the country rested on the mindset of its people, said the problem was not religion or ethnicity but people using it to achieve their goals, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.
“I believe in equity, justice and fairness. After power has resided in the North for eight years, there is the need for a power shift in the South,” he said.
Shettima said there was a need for the country to inculcate the culture of writing books to enhance the academic performance of students.
Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari, called for unity and peaceful co-existence of Nigerians.
Gambari said the best way to guarantee unity of Nigeria was for all the people to come together, while commending Gadzama for using his experience to illustrate the importance of standing for truth in his book.
“We are going through difficult times in our country, economic and security but let us recognise that the whole world is going through the same challenge.
“Nigeria is part of the world. But the leadership under which we operate shows we shall indeed overcome all these.
If we keep united, keep building, we cannot be ignored by any other country in the world.
“I am convinced that under the leadership of president Buhari, there is going to be a better future. He belongs to all Nigerians,” he said.