The recent drama playing itself out in Nigeria over the annual vacation of President Umaru Yar'Adua as to who shall stir the ship of the state in his absence, is a snippet of the catastrophic consequence an Umaru Yar'Adau's sudden demise can bring upon Nigeria. The North, particularly the Katsina-axis will fight to the last to spring another president on Nigeria while the Niger Delta South-South will fight to enthrone their son, Vice President Jonathan Goodluck into the presidency. Does anyone have any idea of the debacle such a fight to finish will cause in Nigeria? Icheoku disclaims an idea what!
The current tussle over who will "succeed" or act for a vacationing President Umaru Yar'Adua is merely a test-run of things to come, should the long-awaited, much anticipated and expected demise of Umaru Yar'Adua happen while he is still in office. Icheoku says, admitted that Nigeria has since become such a laughing stock of the world but the current debate on who is the rightful successor of a vacationing president does not burnish the notoriety any bit. It is either some people are economical with the truth as to Jonathan Goodluck's present right to Aso-Rock or Nigeria is practising a special brand of Northern Oligarchy approved "democracy"? To solve this problem Nigeria may have to re-tool its democracy to remove the office of the vice presidency entirely, in order to completely avoid such a glitch/smirch in the future. Nigerians can change their constitution and abolish the office of the vice president, making the office of the president supreme with just a lieutenant president; who automatically steps in should the president become incapacitated. May be Nigeria can adopt a similar practice as obtains in the 50 States of the United States of America which only have the office of a governor with a separate office for a lieutenant governor, who does not necessarily deputize him; but automatically succeeds him in event of a vacancy in office. And both of them do not necessarily have to belong to the same political party! Nigeria, why not solve this succession problem pronto? Problem identify, problem solved!