A Jos-based cleric, Prophet Isa El-Buba has spoken against the clamour for the president to come from a particular part of the country insisting that Nigerians should now be more concerned about the ability of the president to provide good leadership irrespective of where he comes from.
El-Buba who is the General Overseer of the Evangelical Bible Outreach Prayer Ministry International (EBOMI) in a chat with journalists on Friday, faulted those campaigning that the next president should be from the Northern part of the country wondering how such has benefitted the ordinary Northerner in real terms.
â€œI am a northerner. None of us in the north have the monopoly over everything. The north had held on to power since the nationâ€™s independence, yet the north remains the poorest in the country. What then do we have to boast of as reason to be given the opportunity to rule the country?
â€œWe want a leader who will develop the North for us, develop the South for us, develop Nigeria. We want to come to this point where we will have a Nigerian leader and not a regional leader.
â€œThe regional thing has not helped us, so what we want is a leader that would say, how many roads do we need in the North and would give us the roads; how many roads do we need in the South-East? The North does not have a monopolyâ€, he declared.
The clergy man renown for the accuracy of some of his prophecies lauded the actions of Acting President Goodluck Jonathan so far but advised him not to derail by joining the ranks of leaders with no vision.
He said the manner Jonathan emerged to lead the country was a clear sign that the hand of God was upon him and urged Nigerians to support him to enable him fulfill Godâ€™s purpose for bringing him.
He expressed optimism that the persistent crisis in Plateau State would soon be over adding that it would lead to the resolution of issues affecting minorities in the state and other parts of the North.
On the plan by former military president, General Ibrahim Babangida to run for the presidency next year, he doubted if he can succeed urging Nigerians not to lose their sleep over the matter.