- The chairman of the southern senators forum, Hope Uzodinma, has challenged intellectuals in the region to push for presidency in 2023
- Uzodinma urged the academia in the region to come up with a reliable candidate for presidency after 2019
- The senator said that the Igbo people thrived before the civil war because Nigeria had a true federal structure that provided an even ground for everyone
Senator Hope Uzodinma, the chairman of southern senators forum, has urged the academic circle in the southeast geo-political zone to prepare a working document for politicians from the area to push for the position of president in the 2023 elections.
During his speech as a guest lecturer at the 14th Eni Njoku memorial lecture in Nsukka on Monday, June 5, the senator said that the academia should carry out a research into the candidates campaigning for the 2019 presidency and come up with reliable person who is willing to go for only one term, Vanguard reports.
Uzodimma said: "I challenge our Igbo intellectuals to come together and analyse the political clock in Nigeria and formulate a way forward for the Igbo vis-a-viz our quest for the presidency in 2023.
“It is a settled fact that having a Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023 is our sure way of assuaging the battered post civil war psyche of the Igbo and reassuring them of their full stake once more in Project Nigeria.’’
Uzodinma, who is also the chairman of the Senate committee on Customs, Excise and Tariffs, said that restructuring remains the viable option for all Nigerians to have a level playing field.
The senator remarked that the Igbo people thrived before the civil war because Nigeria had a true federal structure that provided an even ground for everyone to perform well with his or her potentials. The senator said: "A restructured Nigeria will guarantee the South East the sixth state it deserves.
"It will ensure that the Igbo have level playing field in Nigeria to take their destiny in their hands. It will naturally and logically end marginalization in any form or shed. We should push for it until it is actualized and in doing this we must rise with a strong voice to condemn any separatist clamour.
“One way to do this is to come out as a group to press for restructuring. Our intellectuals should be the leading lights in this direction,’’ he added in the lecture titled Intellectuals as Critical Stakeholders in Nation Building.
Confirming the poor state of education and research in the country, especially in the region, Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia state, who was the chairman of the occasion, regretted that Nigeria imports what it is capable of producing.
Ikpeazu said: “What has happened to the bitters in Nigeria that our scientists cannot extract and process for the marketplace? My grandmother understood that she could make soap from palm oil and extracts from ashes and that was black soap.’’
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the founder of Omega Fire Ministries, Apostle Johnson Suleman, had made recommendations on what could be the solution to the challenges faced by Nigeria as a nation.
Speaking on Sunday, April 23, in his church, Suleman, urged Nigerians to vote for an Igbo president in the forthcoming 2019 general election.
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