The Nigerian government has been using the quota system for more than a decade in order to allocate resources and appointments to the various ethnic groups within the country. Past leaders of the country decided to implement the quota system so as to keep all the regions of the country satisfied. Originally, it was a good system, and I believe it has served its purpose
The system is beginning to cause controversy as to whether it should be scrapped or kept since it appears to favor a particular region located in the country. It is obvious that the region that benefits from it would not welcome the idea of it being removed.
According to former senator Shehu Sani, the North is in favor of the quota system, but against the rotational presidency, but the South wants the quota system to be removed. Southerners argue that appointments should not be based on quota systems, but on merits and qualifications.
Several articles in Nigerian media outlets reported that the former senator said the South is advocating rotation of presidency, while the North is fighting against it. There is a strong desire among northerners to have the country’s leadership chosen uniquely through elections and not through zoning. During the past week, there have been numerous controversies surrounding this issue.
The north, in my opinion, supports quota systems for their own selfish reasons. Obviously if the system was not beneficial to them, they would not be arguing against its removal . Hence, those in the North seem to be in favor and support the quota system owing to their nepotistic and selfish motivations.
Furthermore, I do believe that they are against rotation of presidency because they want to be in power for a very long time. They are aware that they are heavily populated, and therefore if an election were held they would win. However, if the zoning of the presidency goes through, they would have no choice but to vote for the southerner, which is why they are strongly against this plan.