The president’s nephew, Mallam Mamman Daura, yesterday stated on the annoyed issue of zoning and rotation of the nation’s presidency, reasoning that competence, not geography should decide the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
“This turn-by-turn, it was done once, it was done twice, and it was done thrice… It is better for this country to be one…it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview.
Dismissing the clamour for power shift, he said it was time for the country to come together and go for the most capable person to run the nation.
According to him, given that in view of the fact that Nigerians attempted the rotational presidency about thrice already, it would be better to go for the most qualified candidate in 2023 regardless of whether he comes from the North or the South. This, he said, would be better for the nation’s unity.
He also spoke about his relationship with his uncle, saying different to the domineering view in the public domain, he could not possibly dictate public policy to the president.
“Yes, I do visit him to greet him; I do give him advice, but if he asked…I advise him. But I don’t go there on my own and insist I must do this or that. No. You don’t do that to the government,” he said.