Politics

FG Should Support Igbo Presidency In 2023 – Ohanaeze

It has been reported that the apex Igbo socio-political organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has told the Federal Government to support an Igbo President in 2023 in order to quench the agitations in the South-East region “to the barest minimum.”

According to reports, Elder statesman and former Governor of Anambra State, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife; Chairman, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Elders Council, Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu; and Publicity Secretary, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alex Ogbonnaya, disclosed this.

According to Ezeife, “The almighty God, who created the heavens and the earth, has agreed that the South-East region will produce the next president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. It is just a matter of justice and fairness.”

He added that, “Beyond that, Nigeria has made progress and undeniably so, because of the immense contribution of the people of Igbo descent. The Igbo are everywhere in Nigeria, developing things in the country, committed to economic growth.”

He stated that, “As we all know, we don’t run a segmented society. Everybody has human rights. In order for Nigeria to progress, there is no point keeping the Igbo down. This is why the presidency for the 2023 general elections should go to the South-East.”

The former Governor made it known that, “I was the Chairman, Power Sharing Committee, during the National Conference of 2014. We decided, then, that zoning and rotation are right and important for a thriving democracy. Even if it is not in the constitution, it became a practice. Buhari is supposed to complete eight years in office, so it should go to the South.”

He stressed that, “The South-West held power for about 11 years. The South-South region has held power for six years, so if we are not rejecting Igbo people as citizens of Nigeria, we must allo w an Igbo man to become president.”

Also, it was reported that Iwuanyanwu said, “When it does come to the South, then the sub-regions of South-South, South-West and South-East will come together to decide which section should produce the president.”

He also disclosed that, “But, I feel, out of justice and equity, with the kind of unity that we have now between these constituent regions, they would be given to the South-East, that is, if the South-East has a good candidate, because the president of Nigeria cannot just be anybody. The candidate has to be acceptable to everybody.”

Ogbonnaya, on his part said that,“People who sat together and talked about the idea of living together as one country thought of the union as a federation, managing people of diverse groups with diverse interests and cultures. If you say for the security architecture, the South-East should have, at least, one.”

He opined that, “Each ministry should have, at least, one Igbo heading it. Then, the agitations will reduce to the barest minimum. There must be representativeness in everything as far as we claim we are operating a federal system. The concept of federal character must be upheld at all times.”

 He stated that, “Above all, it is the turn of the South East to become the president of Nigeria.  If there is a body language by the Federal Government indicating that, all these agitations and threats of secession will stop.”

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