It is important to remind all the parties, particularly the two major National parties – All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the idea of North/South political rotation in Nigeria is a historic principle holding Nigeria together that was bequeathed to Nigeria’s future generation by the founding fathers – Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe (East), Sir Ahmadu Bello and Alh. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa (North), Chief Obafemi Awolowo (West) among others.
It was instituted and reinforced by further instruments even in the 1999 constitution such as the federal character and other Acts of legislation in Nigeria’s political history. All these were meant to ensure Peace, equity and fairness across the country.
I call on the present generation of political leaders of Nigeria to avoid the present trend or temptation of throwing away institutions and political conventions and customs that is holding the country together. These institutions are there to ensure harmonious or peaceful coexistence among all Nigerians. The institution of North and South rotation is a critical element in the maintenance of peace and unity of Nigeria. We must always remember the precarious balance involved in the making of the governance or history of Nigeria since the amalgamation of 1914.
All patriotic Nigerians or those who wish Nigeria well must join hands in preserving Nigeria’s unity by taking reasonable and desirable actions to preserve Nigeria’s unity. It is important to state categorically, that attempt to do away with the North/South rotation is an attempt to throw Nigeria into a political crisis and clearly a denial of Nigeria’s history. We have a federation as a system of government and in federations throughout the world rotation and fair sharing of power is imperative, and Nigeria is not going to be an exemption.
Ambassador Professor George Obiozor, President General, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide