Zoning Not Panacea To Nigeria's Problems, NPSA President


NSUKKA. ----- National President of Nigerian Political Science Association, NPSA, Professor Aloysius-Michael Okolie, has dismissed the zoning of political offices as panacea to the myriad of problems facing the country. Okolie described the zoning formula as the process that would further plunge the country into deeper crises, being a product of failures in the system. He spoke in an interview with newsmen at Nsukka, saying that the political class should be rather preoccupied by the central issue of advancing the welfare of the masses, not zoning. "The problem of Nigeria is not a problem of zoning the presidential seat. Anywhere you see a country in a fix as we are now trying to say which zone should produce the next President, it means that the country is blind and has failed as a country. "Every well meaning and reasoning country should be preoccupied with the central issue of advancing the welfare of the masses, irrespective of where the president is coming from. "It is because Nigeria is still being ruled by jokers and idle-minded people that we are talking about zoning. The zoning is a product of failures from the system. If the present leadership is doing very well, nobody will remember where he comes from. "People are remembering where he is coming from because there are challenges arising from his leadership style and pattern.This is why Nigeria is more divided now more than ever before. "People are thinking more of micro-nationalism than macro-nationalism because the existing political structure appears to be deviant in pushing Nigeria to the point of precipice. Why people are reclining to the ethnic shells is because in recent years, it has been demonstrated that Nigeria is not workable. "That is why in terms of allocation of values, political positions, public appointments, they are given to people from a particular location; not really the North, but in a minute area in the North. What is going on in Nigeria today, is killing the Nigerian project," he said. According to Okorie, "Nigerians should celebrate meritocracy instead of producing the intellectual wretched of the earth as political leaders who would continue to underdevelop the nation."

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