Amidst unending dialogue over which region would produce the next president of Nigeria after Muhammadu Buhari, former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria, Muhammadu Sanusi has weighed in on the possible challenges that may emanate as a result of rotational presidency. The former Emir of Kanu hinted on the demerits of such political reform which is alien to the Nigerian constitution.
It could be recalled that sometime in July, Southern Governors Forum reached a consensus that the region deserves an unconditional opportunity to produce the next president of Nigeria, citing cases of political marginalisation as their prime reason. The idea was well received from many political observers who scrutinized the transition of power since independence.
Southern Governors Forum
However, in a recent twist, the Northern Governors Forum kicked against the notion of rotational presidency as proposed by Southern governors. They insisted that the protocols for the election of a president must be followed to the latter as stipulated by the Nigerian constitution. They further reiterated the fact that their large population would grant them another stint at Aso Rock after Muhammadu Buhari.
Northern Governors Forum
Obviously, this ongoing power tussle between the Southern and Northern Nigeria has sparked off reactions from many political experts within Nigeria. Notably, Sanusi has joined the long list of critics against the notion of rotational presidency. Speaking against the idea, Sanusi revealed that zoning the presidency to a particular region will leave Nigeria with two incompetent presidential candidates. While speaking with Arise TV, the former Emir of Kano highlighted the political benefits of making the presidential election open to every competent Nigeria irrespective of the region.
Unarguably, Sanusi's stance could be the suitable solution to the ongoing political rift in Nigeria. With Sanusi's ideology, Nigerians would be looking at competence instead of region. At this time when Nigeria is experiencing critical challenges in different sectors of the economy, competence should be the watchword of any political party when choosing their political candidates.
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