Zoning Or Competence; Which Is Paramount?

With regards to the 2023 general election, Kaduna state Governor Malam Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai said in view weeks ago that competence should firstly be considered in electing political leaders Rather than zoning the position into a particular region in the country. 

After the statement many well known Nigerians criticize and repudiate the statement while some embrace, says ait  way of chosen the right person to take up the mantle of leadership in the political realm.

In your opinion, should competence of whether the person can do the work be firstly considered in electing a political leader or the political position should be zoon to a specific region?

Comments Reply
  • Zoning doesnt really affect competence, a leader doesnt work alone but with the competent hands. thank you.

    - Lubem Terzungwe - 2019-08-17 10:13:13 Quote

  • In my opinion I will say competence should be considered first 

    - Obaji ifeanyichukwu - 2019-08-17 10:15:59 Quote

  • Zoning is not a good idea from the first instance, we can only get a better result from ckmpetence

    - Benola Olatunji Majofodun - 2019-08-17 11:03:13 Quote

  • In my opinion, competent should be the Paramount quality people ought to look at for when choosing a leader

    - Kelly Emmanuel - 2019-08-17 13:01:46 Quote

  • We need competency in Nigeria not Zoning and more over Zoning in not in Nigeria constitution but it was established by PDD during Obasanjo tenure so that all the tribe will be benefit from the government. 

    - Olayiwola Aliu - 2019-08-17 14:23:50 Quote

  • Thats the mistake people do, they choose base on zone instead of competency.

    - Francis Ekezie - 2019-08-17 14:39:55 Quote

  • Zoning is not a good idea it will cause rift among the various ethnic groups or Geo-political Zones and it will also lead to mediocrity. If we really want to move forward as a Nation competent hands should be at the helm of affairs to ensure effective administration. It does not matter where an individual comes from what matters is how conmpetent he or she is 

    - Benedict Oge - 2019-08-17 16:23:28 Quote

  • I think both is relevant in chosen a leader that should be responsible in leading this nation, competency is number one, to be Fair to all the senatorial districts, we. must adopts the  zoning system.

    - EDEN JOHNSON TAJINERE - 2019-08-17 16:53:00 Quote

  • I would say zoning and competence at the same time.. that is when you only consider competence most some people will feel marginalised.. but then considering both.. In the zone you can choose competent people

    - Eze Aspire - 2019-08-18 20:36:44 Quote

  • The truth be told, there has never been any case of competency in Nigerian politics, everything is done by zoning or godfatherism, this is something we all are aware of, it has been on right from time, and the south and east hasn't benefited from this at all, except for the singular case of Goodluck Jonathan. So therefore, i think the zoning system will have to continue until all the zones that are yet to benefit from it has also had their own share of the leadership table which has been turning for only the Northerners and those in the West for so long. They can't just come up and say it has to stop when they have all enjoy the priviledge for so long, it doesn't make any sense, but rather another way of cheating the south.

    - David Isaacs - 2019-08-19 14:17:39 Quote

  • One of the most discussed and misconstrued issues in Nigerian politics today, is the issue of political zoning but whether zoning should override competence in appointing people to public offices. What Nigeria needs now is competence if you check the looks of everything 

    - Nora Chidera - 2019-08-20 01:56:26 Quote

  • Zoning and competence can not be separated and in my own perspective, that particular area something is been zone, there's a competence person willing to contest for such position.

    - Agav igbadio Solomon - 2019-08-20 08:24:03 Quote

  • In my candid opinion, zoning and competence should go together side by side. If you are going to do zoning, let the most competent person in that zone be choosen for the job.

    - Augustine Odhigu - 2019-08-20 13:24:46 Quote

  • I vote for competence because a competent person has a passion for the job and will do his best to bring a positive change but if it is zoned to a particular region there anybody can be chosen for the job.

    - Aliu Rabiat Temitope - 2019-08-20 22:15:53 Quote

  • In my own suggestion,I would support the Kaduna state governor. Competency should be considered first before zoning, as long as the person is qualified and capable to do the work he should be given a chance no matter where he comes from.

    - Emmanuel George - 2019-08-20 23:52:35 Quote

  • Competency. Zoning has no place in our constitution. Though it will take us another colonialization for us to differentiate the two because as it stands, our politics is tainted with religions, cultural, ethnic and tribal sentiments which ordinarily should have place in politics. 

    - Julius Titus - 2019-08-21 17:46:46 Quote

  • Zoning and competence work in hand together, u can not have one and throw the other away.

    - Richard Ejiro - 2019-08-22 10:07:01 Quote

  • U cant stop zoning mid way ...u wait till it has completed the u go with competence 

    Every region in nigeria has competent persons ...infant zoning is what united nigeria in 1999 remove zoning and nigeria wont last 20 years

    - Kingsley Ochimba - 2019-08-28 11:29:03 Quote

  • my opinion, competent should be the Paramount quality people ought to look at for when choosing a leaderWelcome to Gboard clipboard, any text you copy will be saved here.

    - Adedamola Ronald - 2019-08-30 14:02:30 Quote

  • If we want to grow as a nation, positions should be based on competence and not zoning. What's the essence of allowing someone who has no idea of what to do be in a post all in the name of zoning. If we really continue with this zoning idea, I wonder when we would have good governance.

    - Michael Eni - 2019-09-03 19:07:46 Quote

  • Competence is the KEY,

    Why keep a particular post for a set of zones,it not right.... Until we start putting people that are capable of a particular position,the better for us

    - Deborah Temitope - 2019-09-05 12:24:54 Quote

  • If we want to grow as a nation, positions should be based on competence and not zoning. What's the essence of allowing someone who has no idea of what to do be in a post all in the name of zoning. If we really continue with this zoning idea, I wonder when we would have good governance.

    - Frosh Banks - 2019-09-05 21:46:48 Quote

  • Zoning is not a good idea it will cause rift among the various ethnic groups or Geo-political Zones and it will also lead to mediocrity. If we really want to move forward as a Nation competent hands should be at the helm of affairs to ensure effective administration. It does not matter where an individual comes from what matters is how conmpetent he or she is 

    - Frosh Banks - 2019-09-05 22:07:31 Quote

  • Nigeria is a multi purpose ethic nation and as that, the power cannot be given to a given people for keeps, talking about a competent person, what has the previous government done so far or what is the present one doing, there are competent people in every zone and so the zoning should continue

    - George Belema - 2019-09-18 16:53:45 Quote

  • Zoning is not a good idea it will cause rift among the various ethnic groups or Geo-political Zones and it will also lead to mediocrity. If we really want to move forward as a Nation competent hands should be at the helm of affairs to ensure effective administration. It does not matter where an individual comes from what matters is how conmpetent he or she is 

    - Mmesoma Udeh - 2019-10-05 16:37:31 Quote

  • Competency. Zoning has no place in our constitution. Though it will take us another colonialization for us to differentiate the two because as it stands, our politics is tainted with religions, cultural, ethnic and tribal sentiments which ordinarily should have place in politics

    - Mmesoma Udeh - 2019-10-05 16:38:13 Quote

  • Gone are those days where leadership are given by selection.Number one attribute of a leadership is competence to do the exact job but am sorry our country leadership is by select not by merit.

    - Iyaomiye Olusoji - 2019-10-12 19:19:05 Quote

  • Zoning is not a good idea it will cause rift among the various ethnic groups or Geo-political Zones and it will also lead to mediocrity. If we really want to move forward as a Nation competent hands should be at the helm of affairs to ensure effective administration. It does not matter where an individual comes from what matters is how conmpetent.......

    - Toheeb Opeyemi - 2019-11-01 17:09:14 Quote

  • Zoning or no zoning of the 2023 general election cannot change anything in the country because we are covered with different ethnic groups with different opinions. Once the person is elected, he will continue to take the footsteps others took because there are people who were there before they took over

    - Attamah Chukwuka - 2019-11-22 22:20:58 Quote

  • That's the big mistake we all make,we take zoning in place of Competence .to me what I prefer out of Zoning and Competence because zoning is just based on a specific area while competence has to do with things we are capable of doing but in the area and anywhere

    - ilolo Uyoyoghene - 2019-11-27 02:29:49 Quote

  • Zoning is way of transferring political power in terms of geopolitical zones in the country while competence define the capability of a leader to deliver the assignment as showcase in manifesto. 

    If we look at the two terms we will see that competence is and should be preferable to zoning. What if we zone from area A who is 50 % efficient to another place whose efficiency is below 40. Then the system of the government  will be at ruin. That's basically what's killing Nigeria and African in genre. 

    - Adams Muhammed Jamiu - 2019-12-24 17:28:35 Quote

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