Appeal to all other interested areas to support the southeast.
Thank the Igbo elites, leaders for denouncing Nnamdi Kanu, who said, depended on the issue to destabilize Nigeria.
By Joseph Erunke
BEFORE the 2023 general elections, the elders of the north have supported the Igbo presidency, insisting that the Nigerian presidency in 2023 should rotate to the southeast area and not to any other.
Their position, they explained, was based on the need for all components of the country to receive fair and equitable treatment in the nation’s political affairs.
Northern elders who said Igbo have been marginalized in the scheme of things in the country appealed to both the ruling Congress of All Progressives, APC, and the main opposition People’s Democratic Party, the PDP, to present candidates of southeastern origin. .
On the other hand, the elders of the north called on all other parts of the country to support the Igbo in their long quest to produce a president, even as they promised to sound out their position to all those interested in Nigerian political projects. with a view to achieving Igbo. presidency.
Elders operating under the auspices of the Northern Coalition of Elders for Peace and Development, in a statement from its national coordinator, Engr. Zana Goni and National Women’s Leader Hajia Mario Bichi insisted that the Igbos of the Southeast should produce a next president to maintain the culture of the rotating presidency between North and South, which they said has “helped quell tension politics in Nigeria. “
“We therefore recommend that it continue for now for the sake of the federation,” the northern elders said according to the statement.
The elders said that since President Buhari is from the north, the correct thing was that “after his eight-year term, the next president should come from the south of Nigeria and since the south-west and south of the south have held office in the current dispensation, the South East is next in line in the spirit of the principle of rotation, fairness, equity and justice. “
“This will end the overt marginalization of the southeast. This will foster national unity and will also end the bitterness of the civil war between Nigeria and Biafra, which has raged for 50 years since the end of hostilities, and will engender unity, “he added.
They thanked the elite and the leaders of the Southeastern extraction for not taking cessation as an option despite the ignominious activities of the leader of the Biafra Indigenous People, IPOB, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, whom they accused of trying to destabilize Nigerian unity by hiding under the delayed IBO presidency.
They also assigned other areas the task of queuing up supporting a Southeastern president, promising that it is an Igbo presidency or nothing.
“We want to thank Igbo elites and leaders for coming out openly to denounce the treacherous activities of the leader of the outlawed indigenous peoples of Biafra, Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who based his action on the delayed emergence of the Igbo presidency.
Although the APC said they will do North-South zoning, it has become a culture in Nigeria that no zone is allowed to continue beyond eight years. You can take that from the Obasanjo era.
“If all the main geopolitical areas of the country, and especially the main ethnic groups in the country, have been presidents, and in all fairness, justice and fairness, we should be looking southeast to present the president.
“There is no denying the fact that the Igbo have contributed enormously to the development of this country. It is time for all of us to reciprocate his good deeds by supporting the masses for the next president to emerge from the Southeast. This is the time for it, the statement further said.
It further stated: “At a time when our national unity is so threatened, we believe that a detribalized tribe holding the presidency at this time is the surest way to restore Nigeria’s unity.
The Igbo, 50 years after the war, have been so marginalized. To heal that wound and put that war behind us, we believe that if the country reaches out to them by supporting them to produce the 2023 presidency, it will be the masterstroke to heal the wounds.
And finally, if that wound is not healed and deepened, it can only promote tribal groups.
When given to the Yoruba to heal Abiola’s wound, Obasanjo emerged in our party and Falae emerged in the other majority party. It’s not like they walked into the room and dated these people. They went through the party primaries to emerge.
Last time, you saw the primaries that produced Atiku, you saw the primaries that produced the president and that two Fulanis came on board. The rules will not change. If it is located to the southeast, the two parties will have to tow that route so that interested candidates from the southeast can fight. Eventually, two people will emerge. The country will vote for them and whoever is better will get the day.
Igbos from other geopolitical areas can seek the office of Nigerian president when it is the turn of the area they are in, South-South or North-Central.
The group strongly supports that the Nigerian president’s ticket for 2023 should be handed over to the south and that the geopolitical zone of the southeast should take the place.
We are requesting a Nigerian president of Southeastern extraction. We are not asking Nigeria for “Igbo president because that will amount to asking Nigeria to possibly alter the geopolitical zone-based rotation arrangement for the presidency in Nigeria.”
“We ask Nigeria to remain faithful. The Igbos in the southeast will give strong support to their aspirations when the presidency turns to their geopolitical zone. “
We commissioned Ohanaeze Ndigbo (the umbrella organization for the Igbos around the world) to reach out to the great Igbo leaders to network with leaders from other geopolitical zones and interest groups to gain support for the president of the southeast.
Noting that in 1993, General Sani Abacha created six geopolitical zones in Nigeria-Southeast, Southwest, South-South, Northeast, Northwest, and North-Central, the elders added that the creations would help simplify the way the country was structured. .
“The creation was intended to use the zones as criteria to ensure equity, justice and fair play in the sharing and allocation of Nigeria’s economic, political and social resources among the component parts of the country.
“We have observed that since the inception of the six geopolitical zones, it has become a standard for the components of each of the zones to rely on this arrangement to demand fair play in resource allocation interactions.
“The elders of the north wish to support this zoning agreement to make a point about the 2023 presidency that is of great importance to the geopolitical area of the Southeast in particular and Nigeria in general,” they said.