Former chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC),Prof. Attahiru Jega, has said rotational presidency cannot take Nigeria out of her present challenges.
In an with Arise TV on Monday, the former INEC boss said ahead of the 2023 elections, the onus is on Nigerians to “interrogate the capacity of that person to lead this country.”
“The way Nigeria is now, we need the best person with competence, capacity, experience to be the president to get this country out of the challenges we have presently.
“That person can come from the North, South, East or West, but the important thing is that even if political parties decide that a candidate should come from a particular area, what we need to do is that Nigerians must interrogate the capacity of that person to lead this country appropriately.
“This idea of rotational presidency cannot take us out of the challenges we have in this country, presently,” Mega said.
Former military president, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, had set an age limit on who he believes Nigeria’s next president should be. Babangida said he had noticed some “good Nigerian leaders” who are in their sixties.
However, Jega disagreed with Babangida’s submission, saying that “age may not matter in determining who the country’s next president should be.”