El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’

El-Rufai Kicks Against Zoning Of Leadership Positions, Says ‘It’s Absurd’

Nasir el-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna state, has again criticized the zoning of political leaders, saying that no country is progressing with such an arrangement.


Speaking at the Nigerian Economic Summit (# NES26) in Abuja, the governor said that all qualified individuals should have equal opportunities to compete for political office.

In Nigeria, political offices, especially the presidency, are rotated based on geographical areas, from the time of Olusegun Obasanjo to the administration of President Muhamadu Buhari, which is from Katsina State.

With the 2023 elections some two years away, some Nigerians have begun to cry out that the presidency should return to the south.

But speaking in a plenary session at the summit on Tuesday, el-Rufai said Nigeria has not made serious progress over the years due to the culture of rotating leaders.

The governor, who said that leaders should not be selected by zones or political parties as this “will lead to inefficiency,” added that what can be done is “to give every society a framework of equal opportunities to take advantage and prosper. ”.

“I don’t think we should get carried away in our politics and economics by distribution, whether or not there is logic behind it,” he said.

“In my honest opinion, Nigeria went wrong when we focused on distribution rather than production. We like to distribute and it has been said that in a state the government must rotate; that’s absurd.

“There is no country in the world that has advanced in the last 50 years that rotates its leaders. I think if we go from this obsession with distribution to selecting or choosing the best person to do the job … when the job is done, everyone benefits.

“Right now, we are distributing this and we are not moving forward because the focus is on distribution.”

El-Rufai also said that there is a need to have more young people in political office, criticizing a system where the majority of the young population is ruled by “older people like me.”

“We cannot have a country with 90 percent of our population under 40 ruled by older people like me,” he said.

“We must train young people in government to replace us.”

Source: – The Cable