The Catholic Bishop of Awka, Anambra State, Most Reverend Paulinus Ezeokafor said yesterday that the Igbo deserve to present the President of Nigeria in 2023 because they are an integral part of the country.
Delivering his Christmas message in Awka, Bishop Ezeokafor noted that the Igbo are the only major tribe that has not produced the country’s president since the return to the current democratic administration, adding that for the sake of fairness, other Nigerians should allow the Igbo to produce the next president.
He said: “The Igbo, as a major ethnic group in the country, deserve to present the president in 2023. The Hausa man had taken and taken again, the Yoruba man had taken and the South-South man had taken. I think in fairness Igbo should take it next time.
“Some people might think that the presidency of the Igbo Igbo is a privilege, but it is not. It is their right and for justice and fairness, the Igbo must occupy that position, otherwise the upheavals and frictions will continue in the country.
“It is because of this unfair treatment that it is causing some groups to complain because they feel that their people are marginalized and are not given due recognition in the agreement called Nigeria.
“In truth, these groups don’t complain about anything. If we take Nigeria as one country, an Igbo should be the president in 2023; otherwise, we should go back to the regional system. “
Bishop Ezeokafor also spoke about the security of the country, arguing that it would appear that some people are feeding fat off the insecurity situation in many parts of the country.
He said that since it had become obvious that security officials were not doing their job to the satisfaction of Nigerians, the best option is for them to resign because no one is indispensable.
According to him, a situation in which kidnapping and banditry had become routine in many states of the federation was not acceptable, and he urged President Muhammadu Buhari to do something about it.