– A coalition in Nigeria has condemned the attack on Mamman Daura on the zoning of Nigeria’s presidency in 2023
– The coalition said Duara, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew has the right to address political issues in the country
– According to the coalition, competence in leadership should override any other sentiments as proposed by Daura
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The Coalition for Nigeria (CN) has said the remarks made by President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, Mamman Daura on the issue of zoning Nigeria’s presidency in 2023 is in order.
Speaking at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, August 5, the president of the coalition, Patrick Ode, said Daura is an elder statesman who has every right to speak on Nigeria’s future.
Also giving his total support for the veteran journalist’s vision for Nigeria, Ode said the outrage which has trailed Daura’s assertion is “unnecessary due to the noble and patriotic goal it is capable of achieving for the country”.
Ode said Daura’s preference for competence over parochial considerations should be applauded especially as he did not in any way favour any region or zone in his remarks.
He said Daura in his quest believes in a qualitative and best crop of leaders for Nigeria to gravitate towards an enviable nation in 2023 and beyond.
Ode said: “It is our considered opinion that if the context of the statement made by Mamman Daura can be viewed objectively and without sentiments, the nation would be spared all the uproar and set on the right path to true and quality leadership.”
The coalition also warned that it is high time the country moved away from parochial sentiments and submit to the dynamics of modern time which trumps competence over sectional considerations.
“What is required to achieve that is for the parties to come up with high standards for the selection of their candidates so as to appeal to the electorate,” Ode added.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the president’s nephew had in a recent interview aired by BBC Hausa Service dismissed the issue of zoning and rotation of the nation’s presidency.
Daura in his interview argued that competence, not geography, should determine the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
Also, in a swift reaction to Daura’s interview, the presidency had distanced itself from the remarks made by Daura in his BBC interview.
A presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu said the remarks made by president’s nephew are his views.
Shehu said Daura’s opinion did not in any way reflect that that of the Buhari-led government
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