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Zoning and rotational Presidency is key to peace – Gowon

Former Head of State, General Yakubu Gowon, has called for zoning and rotational presidency among the six geo-political zones in Nigeria. This is the key to peace, tranquility and development.

Speaking in Abuja at the100th anniversary of Barewa Old Boys Association (BOBA), the elder statesman, canvassed the rotation of the presidency, adding that no ethnic group is better outside the nation than inside as one united Nigeria.

Gowon added that Nigeria should from henceforth, adopt two vice presidents, saying that one of them should come from the zone producing the President and the other elected into power during the presidential election.


Gowon who spoke on the topic: “Barewa College at centenary: Past, present and future,” also said the governorship position in all states of the federation should also be rotated among the three senatorial districts, adding that such would go along way to address the chaos of marginalisation.

On the need for a one working and united Nigeria, Gowon said that the activities of Boko Haram, bandits, Gunmen, and kidnappers have greatly abused and threatened the peace and the tranquility needed for educational development in the country.

“Presidency should be zoned and rotated among the six geo-political zones of the country. This is key to peace, tranquility and development of our country.

“Also, among the 19 northern states, the Nigerian presidential position should be rotated.” Gowon Said.


He added, “Insecurity is giving the northern region a bad name and image and the need to make the North peaceful again cannot be overemphasized.

“Boko Haram, banditry, kidnapping have threatened the peace and tranquility needed for educational development in our land.

“Insecurity in any nation threatens development, law and order. Insecurity must be ruthlessly dealt with collectively to pave way for the development of the education sector and development.”

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