Nigeria and the politics of power rotation

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Right from the time of independence from Britain, the issue of power sharing between the constituent political blocs that make up Nigeria has always posed a serious challenge, leading to distrust, bitterness and acrimony. At every point in our political history, power sharing has always been debated and people have always advocated power rotation between the North and the South but, unfortunately, much as this has been hotly debated and advocated, it is not expressly enshrined in the nation’s constitution making its implementation somehow cumbersome. Thus, people, especially politicians, speak of power rotation or zoning when it suits their interest and speak against it when it does not serve their purpose.

Nigeria is a multicultural polity that has not properly internalized the benefits of its sheer size and diversity. The result has always been mutual suspicions, prejudice and primordial sentiments at the expense of patriotism and national…

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