Leaders in North Central under the auspices of the North Central Coalition Initiative (NCCI) yesterday canvassed for the zoning of presidency to the region in 2023.
Giving a detailed analysis of Nigeria’s presidents and their zones from 1979-2021 and 1979-83 during a press conference in Abuja, NCCI convener, Sen Philip Gyunka, said the North Central geopolitical zone is the only zone that has never produced a president or vice president in the country.
Sen Gyunka said the region desire to build a nation poised for development through the entrenchment of democratic institutions.
He noted that the feat can only be achieved through inclusiveness in politics and equitable involvement in the political process of all Nigerians.
According to him, “We desire to build a nation poised for development through the entrenchment of democratic institutions; and this can only be done through the inclusiveness in politics and the equitable involvement in the political process of all Nigerians.
“The interesting thing here is that the north central geopolitical zone of Nigeria provided the enabling environment for political re-engineering of our political system and national cohesion.”
He lamented that ever since this significant role of the north central geopolitical zone in Nigeria’s re-engineering political process, this region has remained the fulcrum that holds the nation together.
Speaking further, he said there’s a massive clamour for self-determination in some geo-political zones of the country such as calls for restructuring of political power structures, and calls for the complete jettison of the nation’s Constitution.
He said this scenario which is threatening the country, is leading the country towards balkanization and complete disintegration unless urgent steps are taken towards averting the inevitable.
“Against the backdrop of this sad development, a revisit of our country’s past political development is very necessary in order to situate the problem within the context of our nationhood, and proffering empirical solution to the issues at stake,” he added.