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2023 presidency: Arewa youths reject Mamman Daura’s call over zoning

- Daura's call over 2023 presidency has been rejected by Arewa youths

- According to the group, returning power to the south will help Nigeria's unity

- The group also said it will be unfair not to allow the south govern the country

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Ahead of 2023 and following statement made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura over zoning arrangement, Arewa Youths for Peace and Security has declared their support for southern president.

The youths in a statement on Sunday, by their president, Salisu Magaji, said it is necessary for power to go back to the south for cohesion of the country.

According to the group, it will be unfair not to allow the Southern part of the country to take another shot in the leadership of the country under the zoning arrangement before it is dropped, Daily trust reports.

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported the presidency has reacted to Mamman Daura's comment in which he opposed the application of rotational presidency in the country ahead of the 2023 elections.

Speaking with BBC Hausa on Tuesday, July 28, Daura, who is Buhari's nephew, had submitted that 2023 presidency should be prioritised on qualification and competence, not on tribe and regional interest.

According to him, Nigeria needs to make a bold paradigm shift away from the fruitless status quo.

But, the presidency, in a statement by Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to the president (media and publicity), said the views expressed by Daura were his alone.

Nigerians have reacted to Shehu's defence of Daura, with some asking if the presidency is not tired of doing damage control.

@onyokpo replying to Shehu said: "It is a shame that the presidential spokesmen are defending Daura but refused to act on issues that are agitating the minds of Nigerians especially the unabated killings of Nigerians, especially in Southern Kaduna. The EFCC , NDDC and other mind breaking corruption allegations."

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@AnObliviousGeek said: "The president's official spokesperson is now speaking on behalf of Mamman Daura. Not on killings in Kaduna, Boko Haram attacking Governor Zullum of Borno or even the deaths that occurred in Nasarawa today. His priority is people misrepresenting their insatiable power-mongering."

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