There are good candidates from the North who are currently selling their candidature on what they will bring to the table, but the people of Nigeria have to rise up against those forces who have held Nigeria back in the name of the North or South.
The Principal actors behind the zoning argument are those who were around at the time Ahmadu Bello made the following statement "The new nation called Nigeria should be an estate from our great grand father Usman Dan Fodio. We must ruthlessly prevent any change of power. We must use the minorities in the North as willing tools and the south as conquered territories and never allow them to have control of their future".
However, we can not blame Ahmadu Bello for making such a statement because he and the duo of Obafemi Awolowo and Nnamdi Azikiwe had never lived in an independent black run country where black folks were not always at loggerheads with each other. This is why Obafemi Awolowo did say that Nigeria is "a mere geographical expression". It is for the same reason that Nnamdi Azikiwe said "It would appear that the God of Africa has created the Ibo nation to lead the children of Africa from the bondage of the ages........The martial process of the Ibo nation at all ages of human history has enabled them not only to conquer others but also to adapt themselves to the role of preservers"
These our founding fathers were good people, but they had no experiential knowledge of relating to those outside their ethnic and religious backgrounds. In fact the political parties they founded were previously ethnic associations such as the Egbe omo Oduduwa. The problem is not really so much that we started this way, but that we have continued this way 50 years after these words were spoken!
We, however, that were born after independence have to break that generational curse and prove to the world that not only can black people live in peace, they can also thrive and do not have to be under the dominion of others. You see if we are constantly squabbling amongst ourselves and consequently never grow and as a result of our lack of growth we do not attain to economic independence and are dependent for our food security and economic well being on oil rents, foreign aids and imports, we cannot really be said to be masters of our own fate. Obama has helped us by shattering the glass ceiling, now let us help ourselves and complete our mental emancipation by seeing beyond region and religion. There are only two types of people in Nigeria-good or bad-not Northerners or Southerners.
Reno Omokri is VP Africa Joe Trippi and Associates.