- NAWOJ's vice president, Comrade Chibota Edozie, has cautioned the southeast geo-political zone not to put its eggs in one basket in future elections in Nigeria
- INEC had on Wednesday, February 27, declared President Buhari as the winner of 2019 presidential election
- Edozie said that President Buhari's victory would teach the Igbos some political lessons ahead of future elections
The southeast vice president of National Association of Women Journalists (NAWOJ), Comrade Chibota Edozie, has said that the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari was a big political lesson for the people of the southeast.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Enugu, Jude Ikpechukwu, reports that Edozie said the Ndigbo should learn how not to put her eggs in one basket, adding that the zone should restrategise on its future political adventure.
"It will teach a lesson to the two zones with view to restrategising as far politic is concerned in the national level. The people will learn that it is not always good to put their egg in one basket.
"The obvious hatred does not pay rather we should learn to be tactful in playing politics. In turn, Buhari should exhibit maturity by engaging development in the southeast particularly in more roads construction and establishment of industries. This definitely will give a sense of belonging to the people of the zone," she said.
She also noted the president does not hate the people of the southeast as being speculated, adding that if he actually hated the Igbo, he would not have embarked on landmark projects such as the second Niger Bridge and the highways which are currently under construction in the zone.
She said: "I don't think he hated the zones southeast and South south so badly the way we think. Certain major roads in which the previous administration were neglected are being given priority attention.
"The engagement on 2nd Niger bridge should be a great landmark when the project is completed. I believe before his tenure ends, the bridge must be completed.
"We should know that the issue of appointment in the long run does not favour everyone because the appointees think much of what they will gain personally and not how to help everyone in the zones.
"Let us de-emphasis on this and emphasis more on developmental projects like roads, industries, electricity supply, provision of adequate water and improvement of our airport.
"An average Igbo man believes that he or she is marginalized and some still dwell on ethnic jingoism and may not have a change of mind even when the zone is given adequate attention by government.
"It is high time our people come out from the mindset of APC will never do good for us. Remember before now that the arrangement on political turf had favoured Ndi Igbo and Hausa/ Fulani. Those were the days of Shehu Shagari of the NPN when our son Dr Ekwueme was his Vice president. We gained a lot.
"Now the south west as a people are outwitting us. Some of them are convincing us to believe that the Hausa/Fulani hate us with passion. However, they are the beneficiaries at the expense of us. We should have a rethink and restrategise with a view to being mobilised into the mainstream of national politics."
She, however, expressed high hopes that Igbos would produce the next president of Nigeria after Buhari in 2023, saying that all the people need was to be patient.
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"Yes of course, nothing is impossible with God's grace. Although we need to work hard to ensure we get this profound opportunity.
"We may not achieve it with APC but we can achieve with PDP. Patience, perseverance, with tactful approach and Realignment must be applied to enable us achieve this. We need to be real," she said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) officially declared President Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the 2019 presidential election.
Buhari scored 15,191,847 votes, while Atiku Abubakar of the PDP scored 11,262,978. He defeated Atiku with over three million votes.
Buhari, at the APC Presidential Campaign Council office addressed the nation shortly after being declared the winner of the 2019 presidential election.
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