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Where Should Nigeria's Next President Come From?

With the latest political development in Nigeria and the position people in this forum (i.e. youth) are going to fill "leadership", I believe sensitive issues like zoning the presidency should be discuss on a neutral platform like this.

Personally I feel zoning the apex position will not solve our problem of bad leadership in this country. We should all look for a young, transparent, dynamic and with the interest of masses at heart. He doesn't have to come from the south, north, south-west, north-east, north-central, south-east, north-west or south-south. He just have to be a Nigerian.

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Well, i don't care about the ethnicity of our next president should.I just want him/her to:

- View himself/herself first and foremost as a Nigerian. The ethnic group comes later.

- He/She must be a strong and competent leader.

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Larger, I quite agree with you. I would venture a slight variation on your proposition though. How about Okonjo Iweala for president, and maybe Ribadu for vice?

I think that for the post of president, we need someone who is actually a very good strategist, and with what Iweala has achieved so far with regards to the country's financial profile, I think that she is suited for the job. Additionally, the fact that she is a woman will also, by itself, cause the men in office to wake up and re-think their ways, I think a woman as the top person in Nigeria will really challenge and even revolutionize our stagnant male dominated society, invariably leading to an all around revolution in the way we do things .

People have been crying for an Igbo president, well, as far as I know this is the one most outstanding candidates the Igbos have to offer right now, and the fact that I am not Igbo doesn't make any difference. I will vote for Iweala anytime because I know that she can and will deliver!

Ribadu is an action man, he strikes me as a character who likes to work from behind the scenes, but who does his job amazingly well. He is a visionary, a self motivated idealist who is good at positively influencing those around him. Just the type of man we need behind president Iweala to held execute her strategies, don't you think?

[hmmm, now that I think about it again, Ribadu would also make a good president, and Iweala vice, either way, I think they would make a dynamic team!]

Another person I have thought of for the position of president or vice is Donald Duke. He has delivered well in his state and I believe he is capable of doing the same for the nation. At least, for once we could have a number one man who is articulate when he addresses peers at international fora!

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Hmmm. I am truly sorry to say this, but this sucks mega Bottom. why are we talking about where our president should come from, personally i do not care i f he comes from mongolia bearing polka-dot pants.

We should be thinking of what value and what vision our future leaders can deliver rather than if he is a mallam or Nna boy or some silly waffi or OPC/Area boy,

I truly from the bottom of my heart wish our leaders from pre-civil war to date to die in their sleep. or from extreme pain. yes there have been changes, are we to be happy that the reforms are actually happening, it is like showing happiness when a Father feeds his child, is that not what he is suppossed to do?

We are in some blissful euphoria filled with complete ignorance of reality. the major problem is the division our leaders from the president down to the silly village chief put in our midst that cause posts liek "let him come from the North, Let him conme from the south, we have been deprived of resources that should be ours, we are bleeding Nigerians for Pete's sake, we are fighting each other b'cos some friggin bastich Awoist of Arewa zealot or Bakassi idiots, want to achieve political dictatorship for the rest of this pitiful country's life.

Let Mallam Nuhu Ribadu become the president and Okonjo Iweala his Vice, Let us try to get people who can deliver results not votes that mean nothing after the elections, When Femi Pedro of Lagos state was elected Deputy, he threw a party that blocked the only entrance into the estate and left hundreds of residents stranded till early hours of dawn, the usual silly society crowd said we should wait our turn so we can throw parties like that, that is the sort of leader we are all talking about in this forum, had i no other cause in life, i shall become a terrorist and wipe these ungrateful sluts of the face of this earth.

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the campaign from south south is sponsored by only few selfish politicians. their adverts on AIT is funny! remember igbos are in majority in the south south, dont get me wrong. most of them wont agree they are igbos since the end of the civil war. about 2/3 of rivers state ppl are igbos but they do funny things to their names. so with delta state and cross rivers. so south should wait after the igbos have had their own shot at presidency. we never have really had that opportunity. After us they can now come for theirs.

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kafero, there is not going to be a south-south President. The best you can hope for is vice-President. The only groups that would ever get the Presidency for the next 24 years would be Hausa, Igbo, Yoruba, and maybe Fulani if they get lucky.

Before I get attacked for being mean or anything, I am just being honest. If it were up to me, the abomination they call Nigeria would be done with. But that is not my call to make. At least not yet.

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Sorry please what was shagari's qualification when he became the President? The same goes for Buhari,Babagida and what have you. After a South South President come 2007 then 2015 we can start talking about qualifications.

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@ Old Glory, sorry, I didn't quite get the joke.

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Japan! he'll do a better f@cking job!!

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Dauda

Where is your sense of humor?

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I agree with you that the desire to do that which is considered right and good should be a factor. However, given the pool of incompetent but rich Nigerians that are about to hijack the presidency, I suggested competence as a starting point. Other complementing qualities can then follow.

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According to www.dictionary.com, competence is defined as:

1. The state or quality of being adequately or well qualified; ability. See Synonyms at ability.

2. A specific range of skill, knowledge, or ability.

Surely, that is not all that matters in a president. How about an actual desire to do what is right. Competence alone does not guaranty results.

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As far as I'm concerned, our next president could be from Minna( not IBB) Port Harcourt, Ijebu Ode or Maiduguri. The ethnic background should not even be a consideration for this sensitive position. There are only 3 things that are important,

1. Competence

2. Competence

3. Competence

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The last time I checked, POVERTY, CORRUPTION and DISEASE did not have any ethnic or party affilitiations. These are the three major problems we are facing in Nigeria, and what we need is a dynamic and visionary leader who can tackle them head-on. As far as I am concerned, ethnicity is NOT an issue!

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Leadership is a very sensitive issue and the person that takes the seat in 2007 should actually be a thought-through process. Where the next president comes from is not the issue but who the next president is?

We have to note that tracing the history of our dear country, we have never sought for the right man. We have to put away all prejudices, affiliations and greed, but extend our hands to the millions of Nigerians suffering based on bad leadership; the poor on the street, the dad who cannot pay child's school fees, the lovers that cant get married, the government worker that has not been paid for three months, the petty thieves that steal our mobile phones, the 5 year-old hawker running after our cars,etc

This impending issues as you will agree with stem from the number1 position in the country. We all take examples from developed countries but we fail to look at our power of influence-the vote. It simply takes the right man to turn the country downside-up. We fail to understand that our leaders are a general reflection of who we are albeit we rain abuses on them.

Please, lets make it right this time; the power is in our hands,

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so there is an agreement between PDP and nigerians? I know they are the ruling party n the majority, what if the a south-south contender comes from anothe party?

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If PDP and Nigerians will be fair enough the next President should come from South-South. Let south south have a taste of powre for once

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I don't advocate for a president based on the tribe he/she comes from. What Nigeria needs now is a God fearing, focused and hardworking person as a president. A person who have the interest of the people and whole economy at heart. Let me tell you that none of those currently jostling to contest for the post of president is the right candidate. Finally, every tribe has the right to produce a candidate . What we need is a good one.

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Anywhere in Nigeria except Yoruba.

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Nigerians, always arguing on things that do not make sense. How about we just hope for a "GOOD PRESIDENT" Instead of caring about his Tribe.

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AAh!Are we supposed to be asking this kind of question?It's the turn of the Igbos and I don't think there is any 2 ways about it,Lets take rotation,Azikiwe-gowon-murtala-obasanjo-shagari-buhari-babangida-shonekan-abacha-abubakar-obasanjo,check it out,is it fair?We need not look for a black goat in the evening,Let's give it up for a dynamic young man in the person of ORJI UZOR KALU as President come 2007

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He should come from any part in Nigeria preferably the North - because of the gentleman's agreement.

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@ deen,

I have not read what you posted but I must advice that you use the spell check before you post. It would help you in many more ways, you will find out that there is a right and a wrong spelling. Also note that there is American and British spelling. In Nigeria, we stick to the British way of spelling.

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alarinjo, don't be tricked into believing that Nigeria is too hard to break up. The thing that kept Nigeria one was the iron hand of the Military, and now that we are back to Democracy, all the past tensions have started to rise again. All it is going to take is one really sour Presidential election to put an end to the madness. Trust me, Nigeria is done. Even the Americans, in a government report, estimated that Nigeria would be split in 15 years.

As for in-fighting between the 3 regions, Afenifere, Arewa Forum, and Ohaneze would do nicely in reducing inter-regional conflicts.

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He or she should come from Heaven! We need divine intervention in that Country.

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Apology accepted. Nigeria is an extremely difficult puzzle with no easy solutions, but it is not a hopeless country. I used Ghana as an example not because they are comparable to Nigeria in terms of geography, size, or cultural diversity, but because relatively speaking, they have done very well with what they have. Although Akan is the majority group, when you really look at the cultural social and political make up of the country, the Akans do not necessarily form a hegemony over the others. Many of my colleagues are Ghanaians and I have had the opportunity of visiting their beautiful country once. When you see Ghanaians on the street, whether at home or abroad, it is not easy to tell who is Akan, Ewe, or Dagomba, everybody accepts themselves as brothers regardless of their ethnicity, and the question of which ethnic group has the largest population is hardly an issue for them at all. But when u see Nigerians, even here in the US, you can always sense division. Often my non-Nigerian friends have asked me, why are u Nigerians always putting one another down like this? Do you really hate one another that much? The miracle of Ghana did not happen over night. Nkrumah and others worked tirelessly to give that country a viable ideology of nationhood which has never left them till today. The entire Ghanaian socio-cultural fabric, including education, sports, culture, etc. is designed in such a way that right from Childhood, every Ghanaian begins to see themselves as Ghanaian first and then Ewe, or Akan or Fanti or whatever. What Nigeria lacks is not a majority ethnic group, but a viable social ideology upon which to build our nation, not just one that is spoken but one that is enacted in day to day life. It is the soul of any nation, and it takes a visonary leader to midwife it. I do not think that you must necessarily have one majority in order to form a nation. There are, after all, nations which have only two or three ethnic groups in which one is the majority, but who have been at war with one another for decades. It is more about agreeing to live in peace, and about the honesty and integrity of our leaders no matter where they are from. This is how I see it.

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alarinjo, I think you are being a little too optimistic. I would rather see Nigeria cut into 3 pieces. I think the long years of military rule has created far too much tension in the country. Tension that fueled riots that led to the death of 2 thousand plus people in Kaduna.

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alarinjo, you have my apologize. Sorry, I have been debating with what I perceive to be brain dead people all day. Now, give me a responce to my comments. On what basis can a clear majority be formed to use as a platform to create a successful Nigeria?

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There is far more than a fine line between the free exchang of ideas between sane, reasoning people, and blatant rudeness. I trust that you are sensible enough to know this. To say that you do dont agree with what I said is simply a matter of opinion, nothing more, and no one would have insulted u for that. But to call me silly for putting in my two pence on a public forum is rude and immature. While I am tempted to expatiate on what I stated in my last post, I do not feel comfortable talking to mannerless people on line. I am content to have made my voice heard. I might respond to others, but I dont think I will respond anymore to you except you apologize for u rudeness.

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alarinjo, the Akan ethnic group in Ghana make up 49 percent of the population. The next leading ethnic group is only 16.5 percent of Ghanas population. How dare you compare Ghana, a country with a clear majority, to Nigeria that no single ethnic group can boast of 22 percent of the population. Give me freaking break.

For a country to be built, you need a clear majority. Nigeria is country filled with minorities. Also, Ghana is 70 percent Christian and only has a 16.5 percent Muslim population. As you can see, Ghana has a lot less division in the country which makes it a lot easier to build a nation out of it.

Link to Ghanian info. http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/general/

It is senseless talk like yours that holds Nigeria back from seperation. Like I have said on many occasions, Nigeria is an abomination.

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I agree with Ndipe. What we need is a competent visionary with the strength of character to lead the nation in a revolution that will usher in a lasting transformation. Ethnic group should not be a criteria. Personally, I am not particularly excited about having another northern president, simply because they have been there for so long and have left the country in shambles. But on the other hand, to conclude that nothing good can come out of the north smirks of ignorance and Illogicality. Similarly, to assume that a South-South, South-West, or South-East candidate will automatically perform well just because of geographic or ethnic affiliation is ridiculous. In the 21st century, it is high time Nigerians move away from childish ethnocentricity and realize that the sum of a man is not in his ethnicity, religion, language, or skin color, but in the level of integrity and honor that he emanates. To focus so obsessively on ethnicity or religion is to be retrogressive and that will certainly ensure Nigeria's downfall. It is true that the British invention of Nigeria was informed by a lot of ignorance and arrogance, but for crying out loud, how long are we going to be crying about that like babies who dont have any sense of direction or initiative? Ever heard of making lemonade out of lemons? And its also high time we realized that Nigeria's situation is not peculiar to Nigeria. Indonesia had a far worse colonial experience under the Dutch, Germans, British, etc, they have far more ethnic groups and languages than Nigeria, yet, they have their act much more together than we do. Indeed, there is hardly any country in the world, YES including the European countries that colonized us that did not go through their phase of national identity formation. And it doesnt have to take as muchas 200 years to form national identity, just look over ur shoulder to neighboring Ghana, a nation of diverse cultures, languages and religions yet, today, they are a shinning gem in West Africa, peaceful, organized and progressing. Please let us stop burning bridges and start building them, it is the only way forward. The next president of Nigeria should come from Nigeria!

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Ndipe, it matters. Nigeria is so fractured that the region the next President comes from is just as important as the President himself.

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Does it really matter where the next Nigerian hails from? All what we want is a competent leader.

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LoverBwoy, additional information to support my claim that the North controls the country, according to the Nigerian government, Kano State (core North State) has only 300 thousand less people than lagos. In case you don't know, that is a blatant lie. Lagos State is estimated to have at the very least, 13 million people, but the government only has it down for 5.8 million so the south-West won't get additional representatives in the National Assembly. A lot of this crap is going on in other southern States. The population has always been manipulated to favor the north so they can fulfill their self advocated destiny of being born to rule.

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Yes, the north is in control militarily and politically. And they would continue to be in control of those two branches till the middle of the middle belt wake up and stop allowing themselves to be pawns for IBB and co.

I think OBJ realizes he lacks the support to actually move against the northern power base. While he is not an absolute puppet, he is perfectly fine with banning OPC, but he has done little if anything to stop the Islamic extremist that commit mass murder in the North.

If I was OBJ, I would slowly relocate a lot of military equipment down south under the guise of sending them by port to be repaired by the Americans. I would then recall soldiers to return to their region of Origin. Once this is done, expell the core Northern States (Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Katsina, Kano, Jigawa, Yobe, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Adamawa, Kaduna, Plateau and Taraba) from the union.

Of course, a civil war would break out, but they would lose because all the advanced military equipment would be in the souther region. Once they have lost, force them to recognize the sovereignty of the Southern region. Then split the southern region into West and East.

Declare sovereignty for both the West and the East. Problem solved.

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so "militarily" and politically (in term of number of seats )they are still in controll of nigeria?

Do u really think OBJ is a puppet of the north or just trying to balance the scale for "One nigeria"?

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LoverBwoy, things are still the same because the core-North made sure they gave themselves the majority of the seats in the National Assembly and local government areas. So, even if OBJ wanted to build more military basis in other regions (which he doesn't because he is a puppet put in place by the North) he would still need to get a majority vote from the national assembly before he can build any additional bases.

Also note, that in the 35 years that the Generals from you know where used to wreck our economy, they also built massive military basis in Kano and other Northern power bases.

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the next nigerian president should come from NIGERIA.

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LoerBwoy, the British put the vast majority of millitary bases in the North. That is the reason the Igbos could not break away from the abomination they call Nigeria.

As for the comments about the South westerners, all the academics in the world does not mean squat unless you can defend yourself from the tyrants (see: Generals from you know where).

To make matters worse, the Hausas also made sure that many of the soldiers serving in different parts of the nation came from another region. This makes it harder to stage a secession attempt.

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There again goes Afeni, panning the North because he has found nowhere else to place the problems of Nigeria. Afeni, u sit in america and shout about sharia, what do you know about it? You watch exaggerated report from the western media and make your Judgment. Well, i am a northern christian and i can tell you that Sharia hasnt affected no one who has no ties to it. It is even a joke if you do not know. Beer is sold on zamfara for God sake!

Dont say poo you don't know about! and stop being a tribalist- you are pissing me off!

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True but whenever you read about Nigeria I guarantee that it will say something similar to :

"progress is being made but the Northern part of the country" etc. etc.

I, and many others would just like to see a nation united by common values and goals.

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Don't you get it? the north does not want to band together. They just want to use the southern States because their land sucks.

For those who would claim I am lying, refer to the religion inspired riots that left thousands of southerners dead in the North.

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sincerely speaking the next president should kom 4rm the north and should have an igbo assistant,

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Akwa Ibom?

I believe they're a slight majority.

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my2cent, are the ibibios the majority in any State?

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my2cent, I have sturdied a lot of Nigerian pre-colonial history. Trust me, I a right.

What ethnic group do you from?

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my2cent, I don't that is a valid solution. That would just lead to a every one taking turns looting the coffers of the State.

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