Posted by News Express | 31 May 2022 | 1,490 times
The list of Vice Presidents from Nigeria’s Independence to date are:
Period: 16 January 1966 to 29 July 1966
Political party: Military (JTU Aguiyi-Ironsi was Head of State but was deposed and killed in a coup)
Period: 29 July 1966 to 29 July 1975
Political party: Military (Yakubu Gowon was Head of State but was deposed in a coup)
Period: 29 July 1975 to 13 February 1976 (Obasanjo became Head of State after the assassination of Murtala)
Political party: Military (Murtala Mohammed was Head of State)
Period: 13 February 1976 to 30 September 1979
Political party: Military (Olusegun Obasanjo was Head of State and handed over to civilian government)
Period: 1 October 1979 to 31 December 1983
Political party: National Party of Nigeria (Shehu Shagari was President but was deposed in a coup)
Period: 31 December 1983 to 27 August 1985
Political party: Military (Muhammadu Buhari was Head of State but was deposed in a coup)
Period: 27 August 1985 to October 1986 (Resigned)
Political party: Military (Ibrahim Babangida was Head of State)
Period: October 1986 to 27 August 1993
Political party: Military (Ibrahim Babangida was Head of State and handed over to interim government
Period: 17 November 1993 to 21 December 1997 (Diya was deposed and arrested for attempted coup)
Political party: Military (Sani Abacha was Head of State)
Period: 9 June 1998 to 29 May 1999
Political party: Military (Abdulsalami Abubakar was Head of State and handed over to civilian government)
Period: 29 May 1999 to 29 May 2007
Political party: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (Olusegun Obasanjo was President and stepped down after expiration of term)
Period: 29 May 2007 to 5 May 2010 (Jonathan became President after the death of Yar’Adua)
Political party: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (Umaru Musa Yar’Adua was President)
Period: 19 May 2010 to 29 May 2015
Political party: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (Goodluck Ebele Jonathan was President and stepped down after expiration of term)
Period: 29 May 2015 to date
Political party: All Progressives Congress (APC) (Muhammadu Buhari is incumbent President)
Babafemi Ogundipe (Military) was the first military Vice President while Alex Ifeanyichukwu Ekwueme was the first elected Vice President of Nigeria respectively.
Six of these former Nigeria’s vice presidents are still alive, plus the incumbent Vice President.
Alex Ekwueme is the most recent former Vice President of Nigeria to have died on November 19, 2017.
At Nigeria’s Independence in 1960 to 1966, no such office of Vice President or equivalent existed because of the mode of governance at that time.
So far, Nigeria has produced 14 Vice Presidents (Military And Elected) by geopolitical zones as follows:
South East - 2
South West - 5
South South - 3
North East - 1
North West - 2
North Central - 1
The total period the current geopolitical zones have produced Vice Presidents since Nigeria’s independence particularly from January 15, 1966 to date are:
South East - 5 years
South West - 22 years (by 2023)
South South - 11 years
North East - 8 years
North West - 9 years
North Central - 2 years
From the foregoing, there is no geopolitical zone in Nigeria today that hasn't produced a Vice President.
It is however, instructive to note that, Vice Presidents who are essentially like spare tyres of a vehicle in Nigeria’s political space, functions at the pleasure of and as assigned by the President.
By contrast, Nigeria has produced Heads of Government/Presidents since independence in 1960 to date by the current geopolitical zones as follows:
North-West - 22 years
North-Central - 18 years
North-East - 5 years
South-West - 12 years
South-South - 6 years
South-East - 6 months (by accident).
Therefore, the contention and contest for power come 2023 isn't for the position of Vice President but that of Head of Government/President.
So, since all the geopolitical zones of Nigeria have produced Vice Presidents and only South East geopolitical zone is yet to have any substantial turn and term as Head of Government /President, wouldn't it run against the wind of fairness, equity, justice and inclusiveness to deny South East an opportunity to produce the next President come 2023?
He who goes to equity must do so with clean hands!
Delay defeats equity!
•Onyebeadi, Professor and United Nations Fellow, is the Inegbese of Oligbo Kingdom.
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