- Igbo leaders are singing a new song as they push for the 2023 presidency
- Leaders from the region seem to be united for the project and are already closing ranks
- One of such leaders is Professor Gregory Ibe, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and member of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo
Professor Gregory Ibe, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and member of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, has given his thoughts on Ndi Igbo agitation for the presidency come 2023.
In an interview with Daily Trust, Professor Ibe stated that Nigerian elder statesmen should take a decision on which zone would produce the next president in 2023.
According to him, all other tribes have ruled the country apart from the south-east, stressing that Igbos are a part of the country and made efforts towards the independence of Nigeria.
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“Somehow, somewhere some political gladiators made some trouble, but we are back, better, stronger and united.
“We want to show the world how to develop Nigeria if given the chance to lead. We can assure you that everybody should go and rest after eight years. We should do appraisal and compare notes.
“What I am saying is that by 2023, every other political party should zone its presidency to the south-east and I want the elders of this country to balance their thinking and if there is any person having different thinking about zoning, that person should better think otherwise,” he said.
Asked if Igbo presidency would end agitation for secession by some groups in the southeast, Prof Ibe said: “We have tried every other tribe, let us try the Igbo man in 2023.
“Let me tell you, the white men felt it was time to give a black man opportunity to rule America, Obama became the president of America. The preaching by the great Martin Luther King came to pass and everybody has seen what a black man could do.
“Even, if the white men decided to take over their leadership, you can never say a black has not ruled America. That is why I am saying that they should give the south-east the opportunity to lead the country.”
He expressed optimism that the leadership of an Igbo man will be the major positive change Nigeria needs.
He noted that an average Igbo man speaks ‘One Nigeria’ language and are everywhere around the country doing business.
“They will make sure that the country is better if given the opportunity to lead,” he concluded.
Similaly, the former chairman, Nigerian Economic Summit Group, Mazi Sam Ohuabunwa, has asked all lovers of equity and justice in Nigeria to rally round the Igbo to ensure that they produce the next president after Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Ohuabunwa who is the current president of the Ph*armaceutical Society of Nigeria, described those opposed to a president of Igbo extraction in 2023 as selfish individuals, who only want to cause confusion and create a greater division, enmity and unhappiness.
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