Nigerians have been told that allowing the Igbo to produce Nigeria’s next president in 2023 will create stability in the area and the country by extension.
Igbo top socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, presented the statement arguing that the turmoil in the southeast cannot be a reason to deny the region the opportunity to produce the next president in 2023.
Ohanaeze National Advertising Secretary Chief Chiedozie Alex Ogbonnia added that other Nigerians should support Ndigbo in the spirit of equity, justice and fair play. He made it known yesterday during an interview with Vanguard.
Ohanaeze spoke as Ebonyi State Governor and South East Governors’ Forum President Dave Umahi’s 2023 presidential campaign posters flooded social media, with a group from the South-East All Progressives Congress, APC, calling for the presidency. Igbo.
Furthermore, communities in the north in the geopolitical zone of the southeast have declared that peace would remain elusive in Nigeria until an Igbo man or woman is authorized to become president.
Meanwhile, the former president of the APC in the state of Enugu, Dr. Ben Nwoye instructed Ndigbo to indicate interest in the presidency.
Speaking on the matter, Ohanaeze said: “Our position on the Nigerian president of Igbo extraction is clear. It is the turn of the Igbo to produce the presidential candidates of the major political parties so that in the end the next president of Nigeria is an Igbo man. That is, in response to equity, justice, equity and also the stability of the country. For the corporate existence of this country, we must recognize the need for this to happen. In fact, there was an agreement on this in 1998 and people respected that agreement.
“When some people say it’s not in the constitution, whatever you find in the constitution there are two things about it: morality and legality. Morality is what is not written or what you call the spirit of the constitution. Morality sometimes has to do with conscience ”.
Regarding comments that Igbo politicians are not aspiring, mobilizing and reaching other parts of the country, Ogbonnia said: “They are rather saying that Igbo wannabes are not as extravagant as others, but we have people who can get results.”
Fearing that the IPOB agitation over Biafra could damage Igbo’s quest to produce the president in 2023, chief Ogbonnia said: “Anyone who comes with that comes with a weak and weak excuse. The Niger Delta came with its own agitation and at one point they said that to reduce the tension and unrest they zoned the South-South Vice President, which led to the emergence of Dr. Goodluck Jonathan as Vice President, and went on to become interim president and later president after the death of President Umaru Musa Yar ‘Adua.
“The Arewa people and Boko Haram also came with their agitation. President Jonathan said it was better for Nigeria to survive than to fight for victory, and he gave up power.
“After the cancellation of the presidential elections of June 12, 1993 won by the late chief MKO Abiola, the National Democratic Coalition, NADECO and South-West have organized an unprecedented agitation never seen in the history of the country. And they said, let’s fix them and all the presidential candidates have been pushed to Yorubaland. Why should that of the Igbo be different? While Ohanaeze isn’t saying it’s a bargaining chip, no one should use it to deny Igbo the presidency.
“Indeed, if you assign the presidency to the Igbo, it will be easier for any Igbo to say to Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (Head of the IPOB), ‘wait, don’t go on like this.’ It is the greatest palliative of all ».
The communities in the north of the southeast under the auspices of the Arewa communities in the land of the Igbo also supported the presidency of the Igbo.
Speaking at a press conference in Umuahia, the capital of the state of Abia, they said Igbo should be allowed to succeed President Muhamnadu Buhari in 2023 in the spirit of fairness, justice and equity.
The group’s national chairman, Alhaji Mohammed Nalado Umaru, who spoke on behalf of Arewa’s communities, said it was time for power to shift southeast as this will help dampen tension, generate peace and national cohesion.
“The unity of this country should be first in our hearts. This we can achieve by allowing an Igbo man to emerge as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in 2023, ″ they said.
However, they advised the Igbo political elites to reconcile their differences and produce a competent and popular detribalized Nigerian to contend for the 2023 presidency, assuring them the full support of the North.
Alhaji Mohammed Nalado Umaru urged other geopolitical areas not to contend for the office of president but to leave it for the south-east in a spirit of brotherhood. We are sure that the North, West, South-South and others will support this noble agenda ”.
Alhaji Umaru expressed concern about the asymmetry of the Nigerian leadership towards Igbo and called for the correction of the anomaly in 2023 for the continuity of Nigeria, adding :.
“We, the people of the north living in the Igbo land, strongly support an Igbo executive president in 2023. We live and earn a living in the Igbo land and will continue to live together as an indivisible entity.
“The Igbo are easygoing and pan-Nigerian. What will be required of them is to harmonize and produce a detribalized person who will contest the presidential election of 2023.
“The late Sarduana of Sokoto, Nnamdi Azikiwe, Tafawa Balewa and Obafemi Awolowo did not foresee disunity and war when they fought our colonial masters to ensure our political and economic independence.
“Our experience today centers on tribalism, nepotism, marginalization, religious sentiment, extortion and corruption that have eaten deeply into our hearts. If we can tell ourselves the truth, leadership in the country has been unbalanced as sensitive positions are denied to a particular ethnic group.
“The President, the Vice President, the President of the Senate, the President of the House of Representatives, the Inspector General of the Police, the Chief of Staff of the Army, the Chief of Staff of the Navy, the Chief of Staff of the Air Force, the Director General of the DSS are all occupied by an ethnic group, leaving the Igbo to feel marginalized.
“We should not feed the embers of the crisis because where there is war, nothing is certain, we give peace a chance like our founding fathers”.