Babachir Lawal, a former secretary to the government of the federation (SGF), who was sacked after being indicted in a N544m grass-cutting scandal, says he’s qualified to rule Nigeria.
Speaking recently with The Sun, the former SGF while speaking on 2023 presidency said the presidency can to to any zone in the country without exception to any.
“Every part of Nigeria can produce a president, a competent one.”
“I know so many. Being a cosmopolitan man, I know Igbos not less than ten that can successfully run this country; I know Yorubas that can do, I know Ijaws that can do, I know Hausas that can do, I know even Kilba.
“Hey myself, my friend, I can be president of this country. I consider myself quite competent to do so from a small tribe of 300,000 people. There are so many such tribes that can produce good, competent leaders all over Nigeria.
“Even if it is in the north, if we say the north-west has produced a presidential candidate, the south-west had produced one, I don’t see why the north-central can- not produce or the north-east cannot produce just as south-south, south-east, south-west and even north-west can still produce. The constitution doesn’t say it is prohibited. And as I said, I believe every zone, every state, has capable people that can run this country effectively.”
As for vice presidents succeeding their principals, Lawal says no constitutional backing to support that.