9th August, 2010
William Avenya, the Auxiliary Bishop ofÂ the Catholic Diocese of Makurdi, has said that the zoning of political offices in NigeriaÂ indicates that â€œwe are yet to see ourselves as a nation.â€
Avenya said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Makurdi yesterday, that Nigeria needed competent leaders to be able to make progress.
â€œOn zoning, are we saying that in the whole of Nigeria we couldnâ€™t find somebody who has what it takes to deliver the presidential promises for Nigeria unless the person comes from here or there?
â€œThat means we donâ€™t believe in what we are doing, we still see ourselves as units of tribes, we donâ€™t see ourselves as a country.
â€œIf we are to see ourselves as a country, we will not be talking about zoning, we will talk about talents and capacities of individuals and we will be harvesting the talents; we are still just operating as tribal chiefs,â€ he said.
According to him, the concept of zoning kills democracy and the idea shows that Nigeria has no will power to carry on the democratic process.
â€œNigeria is not yet a democratic country, Nigeria wants to experiment democracy but it doesnâ€™t have the will power to do it with commitment.
â€œDemocracy means that we have seen in this person the characteristics, capacity, talents and the capability to be able to deliver the promises of the manifesto,â€ the bishop said.
He urged Nigerian to ensure that they voted the right persons with the capability to carry everyone along and develop the country.
He also urged politician to ensure that the youth were not used as political thugs and gunmen as the country moved toward another election period.
â€œPoliticians should stop their distraction and form a government that respects the challenges of the nation and provide works.
â€œNo government should be government of charity where people go and government dishes out some few tips and then goes.
â€œThey should have the will power to ensure that our community is served because they are servants,â€ he said.