Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.

Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.


Zoning of political offices threatens good governance

22 November 2013, 11:52

Lagos - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, says that the idea of rotating  political offices among different sections of the country is a threat to good governance.

The speaker said this in Lagos on Thursday, while speaking at the 5th Nigeria Leadership Conference (NLC) tagged "The Christopher Kolade Symposium".

Saying that the practice had encouraged the emergence of mediocre leadership, Tambuwal said that the choice of those who should occupy leadership positions should be made through the people’s will.

Tambuwal, who was represented by the House Minority Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, stressed that zoning was a form of imposition.

"Honestly, this idea of turn-by-turn arrangement in the holding of political offices does not produce the best leaders.

"Rotation of the Senate President’s seat, Office of the Governor or the zoning the Office of the President, based on sectional considerations, is not the best for us.

"It constricts the space, from which good leadership emerges and it also threatens good governance which is an ingredient for development,’’ he said.

Tambuwal urged Nigerians, especially those in the political class, to jettison the zoning system, saying that such a policy would strengthen the country’s democracy.

The speaker bemoaned the leadership crisis in the country, saying that the problem had impeded the country’s efforts to attain sustainable development.

Tambuwal, however, said that the followership should partly be blamed for the problem, stressing that bad leaders could only emerge if there were bad followers.

He, therefore, urged Nigerians to promote good governance by ensuring that only persons with integrity and good leadership qualities were voted into positions during elections.

Also speaking, Governor  Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State said that it would be difficult for leaders to succeed without the support of the followers.

He urged Nigerians to always support their leaders in efforts to execute development projects and deliver the dividends of democracy.

The governor urged the citizens not to think about their rights all the time, saying that they should instead aid and initiate efforts aimed at propelling the country to greater heights.

"I don’t have a problem with citizens asking for their rights but they should also know that rights come with a lot of responsibilities.

"We should ask ourselves if we are paying our taxes promptly, whether we are obeying the laws. These are some of the things required of us as good followers.

"So, when we are asking for our rights, we must also strive to fulfil these obligations," he said.

-  NAN


Read News24’s Comments Policy

Comment on this story
1 comment
Comments have been closed for this article.

Read more from our Users

Nigeria @ 56: Words to my green f...

A leader’s job is not to dictate, but rather to be respected, admired and be a trustee, of the land we love, with so much potential, a land which should be freer than free. Its still a long way to fufilling our destiny! Read more...

Submitted by
Isaac Asabor263
Recession: An opportunity for Nig...

The recession should be seen as an opportunity for the country’s promotion as long as we all collectively conduct ourselves in a patriotic manner, writes Isaac Asabor.  Read more...

Submitted by
Black and White

We want to imitate the whites in everything because we are ignorant of our inherent originality and content. We spend all our Naira to acquire his inventions because we so oblivious of our natural endowments that we allow him have it for free. Read more...

Submitted by
Nate Nat
Adamawa State University Mubi: A ...

ADSU integrity forum has accused the Sunday Joshua Wugira, a lawyer, of adopting unorthodox tactics by abusing his privilege by attacking the integrity of ADSU Vice Chancellor Dr. Moses Zira Zaruwa, writes a News24 reader. Read more...

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
My Country Nigeria (Part One)

Poetry by Abdulsalam Jubril.

Submitted by
Abdulsalam Jubril
Recession, dearth in leadership a...

Every leader has the opportunity to become great and making himself immortal in the lives and hearts of people for generations to come. Will Mr. President seize this opportunity?, questions Abdulsalam Jubril. Read more...