Rotate presidency among six geopolitical zones, Gowon says

Insecurity is giving the northern region a bad name and image and the need to make the North peaceful again cannot be overemphasized.
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Yakubu Gowon

Summary

  • The governorship position in all states of the federation be rotated
  • advocates for the zoning and rotation of the presidency among the country's six geopolitical zones
  • to promote peace and growth.

General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), a former Head of State, has advocated for the zoning and rotation of the presidency among the country's six geopolitical zones to promote peace and growth.

He also proposed that power be distributed among the 19 northern states in a rotating fashion.

He also suggested that the governorship position in all states of the federation be rotated among the state's three senatorial districts, claiming that this would help alleviate the burden and cry for marginalization.

Gowon made the remarks during the Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA) 100th's anniversary celebrations in Zaria over the weekend.

The former leader, speaking on the subject "Barewa College at Centenary, Past Present and Future," suggested that there should be two vice presidents, one from the president's zone and the other elected during the presidential election.

He stated that no ethnic group outside the country is better than the nation as a whole, and that insecurity is giving the northern region a bad name and image.

“Insecurity is giving the northern region a bad name and image and the need to make the North peaceful again cannot be overemphasized.

“Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping have threatened the peace and tranquillity needed for educational development in our land.

“Insecurity in any nation threatens development, law and order. Insecurity must be ruthlessly dealt with collectively to pave way for the development of the education sector and development.”

Gowon emphasized the importance of national unity, stating that any attempt to strip local governments of their powers should be dismissed.

On the anniversary he said:

“Barewa College has produced leaders in all facets of life. Barewa College alumnus has been working together for the development of the North and Nigeria.

“The federal government and 19 northern states governors support the school and its sister colleges.

“Although the school has also suffered neglect, with a change of leadership it is gradually improving and more hard work is required to sustain the momentum.”

He also urged BOBA to be more concerned about the future of the northern states, which, according to WHO indices, remain in poor health.