Senate presidency should be zoned to South East, says group
The Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), yesterday, said the office of the Senate President, should be zoned to the South East.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, National Coordinator of the civil rights advocacy group, Emmanuel Onwubiko said: “Our suggestion is that the Senate presidency be zoned to the South East. The reason is because the region constitutes one of the legs of major ethnic groups. First, I want to state that we are an organisation that is non-partisan.
We are totally indifferent to politics, but not in matters that have to do with good governance in Nigeria. Good governance means we are supposed to have institutions that function optimally and benefit citizens of the country.
“Hence, we need a grounded Senate President and a Speaker to offer checks and balances to head of the executive arm of government. We want to warn that the next National Assembly shouldn’t be the kind that we have now, where leaders of National Assembly behave as if they are appendages of the executive arm of government.
“So, we need to check the qualities of those individuals, who have shown interest for the office.
“We’ve seen a lot of senators from the North that are campaigning for office of the Senate President. We want to warn that it is not the right thing to do; they are overheating the polity. Nigeria doesn’t belong to one ethnic group.
The right group noted that to have a balance in the country, the Senate presidency should be zoned to the South East.