By Oswald Adiele
The Nigerian constitution and political parties should adopt the policy of rotational presidency as it enhances unity and national integration.
The Concerned Igbo Citizens for Democracy in Nigeria, which made this call after its meeting in Lagos, also asked for the appointment of an IgboÂ to succeed Prof. Maurice Iwu, pointing out as a precedence the succession of Justice Ephraim Akpata by Dr. Abel Guobadia as INEC chairman, 2009.
They appealed to the Federal Government to accede to the demand in view of the fact that Igbos are presently represented in any of the three arms of government. They referred to the success of 1993 election, adjudged as the fairest and successful, to the effort of a credible Igbo man, Professor Humphrey Nwosu.
The group also asked that the countryâ€™sÂ socio-cultural organisations such as Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, South South Consultative Assembly, Arewa Consultative Assembly be involved in making sensitive appointments as the associations can easily relate to the roots of these appointees and sanction them if they failed to meet up with the nationâ€™s expectations.
The meeting, presided by its chairman, Chief Anselm E.S. Njoku, was attended by prominent Igbo citizens, royal fathers, politicians, the clergy, industrialists, businessmen and market women, noted that zoning has stabilised our federalism and is recipe for national unity.
They alsoÂ saw the policy as capable ofÂ addressing political imbalance and national integration. They therefore asked all political parties to embrace the policy that it be enshrined in the constitution. For them, politics of isolation, exclusion and winner-takes-all which according fan the embers of disunity.