The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige has disclosed that feelings of marginalization in the Southeast will be largely reduced if the region produces Nigeria’s next president.
Ngige made this statement via a current affairs programme Newsnight on Channels TV on Sunday, June 14.
According to him, it is sad there is no provision in the 1999 constitution; stating that the next election is to be zoned to the south.
Speaking further, Ngige said this is why he believes that the 1995 constitution produced by the late General Sani Abacha’s administration would have been better suited for Nigeria’s current situation.
“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. This is where I quarrel with those who authored the 1999 Constitution.
“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,” the minister stated.