Igbo 2023 presidency dream may not see the light of day - Nnamdi Onyirioha

Igbo 2023 presidency dream may not see the light of day - Nnamdi Onyirioha

Editor's note: In this piece, the writer, Nnamdi Onyirioha, a journalist, examines some key factors that will further delay and have so far militated against the possibility of Igbo presidency either in 2023 or any year in the country's political future.

The ambition of having a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction seems to have over itself a dark cloud of doubt and uncertainty since 1999 when the nation returned to democratic rule after the bloody military era.

Topmost among the reasons for this is that so far, there has been no politician from the southeast who has large-scale support and can unite the region in national politics or a presidential election.

Some thought that the immediate past deputy senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, was close to this position, but after his ugly experience with some members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) in Germany recently, one is left to wonder if the dream can come to fruition through him.

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Speaking about IPOB, the regional and separatist ideology of the south-east group has somewhat rubbed off on the collective ambition (if at all it exists) of the geopolitical zone such that the power-wielding tribes in Nigeria look at Igbos suspiciously when it comes to politics at the national level.

To give this factor a more pointed edge, one can go as far as saying that the north and the southwest are afraid that giving an Igbo man the rare opportunity of becoming Nigeria's president will invariably foster the objective of IPOB, which is secession.

Moreover, according to Rotimi Amaechi, the minster of transportation , the low number of votes from the region for the ruling All Progressives Congress during the last general elections will not benefit Igbos; however, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo has vehemently rejected this view.

Lastly, the average Igbo man, whether he is willing to admit it or not, is largely egalitarian when it comes to politics right from pre-colonial days. This means that in Igboland, every man is practically his own king or in the traditional parlance, Igwe.

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The Igbo man seems to be content with controlling the affairs of his family, either nuclear or extended.

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This does not in any way insinuate that he is apolitical; it is simply just how far his socio-cultural idea of power can take him.

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