LEADERSHIP WITOUT IDEALS OF DEVELOPMENT THAT PORTRAY SELF ENRICHMENTAug 132022
the press release
LEADERSHIP WITOUT IDEALS OF DEVELOPMENT THAT PORTRAY SELF ENRICHMENT A PEEP INTO THE ROTATIONAL PRINCIPLE WITH REGARD TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT IN NIGERIA.
The desire to aspire to the position of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is usually a tall order given the proliferation of ethnic, social, religious and cultural persuasions in Nigeria.
Thus, over the years the boxy language of the political parties and practitioners have evolve a system albeit unwritten which depict that the office of the President shall rotate between candidates from the Northern part of Nigeria and candidates from the Southern part of Nigeria.
This position have not changed but as observed, in all the elections we have had since 1999, the major political parties have tried to follow this unwritten rule but at the same time, the rule is not sacrosanct as individuals backed by the various political parties from the two divided have thrown their hat into the context often citing the rights guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution which did not provide for rotation.
The foregoing has led us to make the following observations.
1. Given that the incumbent President Muhammedu Buhari is a Northerner who succeeded a Southern President, it is incumbent to ask candidates of Northern extractions presently contesting for president what their political contributions to the Northern region in view of the level of poverty, insecurity and lack of school patronage that affects the region till date.
2. That some of them have been part of government at one time or the other and as such what were their contributions to the development of Northern Nigeria while they were in office.
3. That they should explain to Nigerians the policies they initiated that had impacted positively on the lives of people from Northern Nigeria.
4. That what would they do differently now than they did when they were part of the government that will engender social and economic development of Nigeria.
5. It is pertinent to ensure that Nigerians do not elect into government people who were part of the problems that we now face in the country, mention can be made of unemployment, insecurity, housing, health education infrastructure and perennial indebtedness to international financial institutions.
Comrade Bature Johnson
PRESIDENT [IAADHR] International Association for Advancement and Defense of Human Rights