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THE NEHEMIAH SERIES — OPINIONS ON HOW TO MOVE NIGERIA FORWARD – As the Race to 2023 Commences

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Let me state that this piece with the above caption is the product of patriotism and in the national interest. We have always looked beyond narrow confines to adopt a very broad outlook that would be in the interest of 200 million Nigerians. This exercise is designed to set the agenda in motion with the ultimate goal of constructing a greater Nigeria. We most humbly appeal to contributors sending in their comments to do so with civility and avoid vitriolic statements that would never help the situation. The question of running true federalism is one that has consistently raised its head in the polity, particularly among the intelligentsia and the political class.  We have had multifarious problems over the years. It would appear that Nigerians must exercise extreme caution at this stage of our nation’s history and employ the weapon of dialogue to resolve our problems. Emotions have undoubtedly run high.  At the same time, it would be preposterous to bottle-up these emotions on account of keeping our people together at all costs.  After a good deal of heat at the negotiating table, we should, as a nation, be able to fashion out ways of going further to conduct ourselves and continue to live together in peace and prosperity. It is possible. Below are views of some eminent Nigerians that could at least help us in our quest to construct an enduring democratic culture. AHMED GULAK: NIGERIA’S PRESIDENCY – MERIT SHOULD BE THE YARDSTICK IN 2023: ‘’There is no zoning in the constitution of the APC, adding that the North can produce the president in 2023. Those clamouring for Igbo president must know that the APC has no zoning arrangement backing such. “It does not matter to me because I am a realist and I don’t believe in this dichotomy of North, South. ‘’I will support whoever that is there and give him the opportunity to serve out his term. Some people claimed that for political balancing the APC should give the presidential ticket to the Southeast, but such zoning and rotation is not written in our constitution. ’’I can also tell you that zoning is not written in the constitutions of most big parties in Nigeria. For many persons like me, it does not matter who rules or where the next president comes from. What matters is whether the country is faring better, united and whether every part is…

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