Was Dr. Chris Ngige right or wrong for making this statement? I also do not know what to think anymore about the consistent power tussle. People feeling marginalized and intimidated. The whole argument about how one Nigeria isn’t working. The whole plot to have a division. All these and more amount to the fears of most Nigerians.
About this issue of governance and power the Perceived feelings of marginalization in the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige said that Southeast will be largely assuaged if the region produces Nigeria’s next president.
Ngige stated that it is disheartening to see that there is no provision in the 1999 constitution stating that the next election is to be zoned to the south and so it is only normal for them to be agitated knowing that they believed that this regime isn’t favoring the South.
Ngige believes that the 1995 constitution produced by the late General Sani Abacha’s administration would have been better to fix the Nigerian condition.
He further stated that “The people in the area have perceived that they are marginalized, that they are unappreciated, whether it was done by propaganda and brainwashing or not, that is now immaterial;So I agree with that proposal, unfortunately, the Nigerian constitution does not have that”.
And I fault those who were in charge of the 1999 election.
“I still believe today, tomorrow, that the Abacha Constitution of 1995 that espouses rotational presidency into the six zones in Nigeria, a single five-year tenure in order to heal all the wounds; the wounds of civil war, and the wound of June 12.
“Now, that constitution would have been the best constitution for Nigerians to use for the next 30 years by which the six zones would have tested the presidency,” this was simply the opinion of the minister and to some extent, it would have reduced the tension in Nigeria.