- Senator Jim Nwobodo says the spirit of one Nigeria has left the country
- The former governor also said that the agitation for 2023 is too early
- Nwobodo said Nigerian's priority now should be how to support the government to succeed for the good of the country
The spirit of one Nigeria has long departed from the country, says Senator Jim Nwobodo.
Nwobodo, who is a former governor of old Anambra state in the Second Republic, disclosed this in an interview he granted Daily Sun.
The former governor, who represented Enugu East senatorial district in the Senate, also insisted that agitation for 2023 presidency is too early.
He lamented that Buhari's second tenure had barely started and people have started talking about 2023.
"That is one of the problems with Nigeria. The second term of President Muhammadu Buhari has just started. It’s barely one year in office and people have begun political calculations for 2023.
He said Nigerian's priority now should be how to support the government to succeed for the good of the country and not distract the government with 2023 political calculations.
"You don’t waste your energy fighting for something you cannot control. People will decide when the time comes," he said.
Speaking on the division in the country, he recalled that he once won an election in Ibadan in the spirit of one Nigeria. He, however, noted that the spirit is no longer there again.
"I contested an election during my school days at Ibadan and won, in the spirit of one Nigeria. From all indications, that spirit of one Nigeria has left us long ago. We are more divided in Nigeria today than ever before.
"It pains me so much that the united country our forefathers bequeathed to us has collapsed. I weep for this country. I seriously weep for this country and I mean what I am saying."
Going further, he said Nigeria of today was not the country that was fought for.
"This is obviously not the kind of country we fought for. The media have a big role to generate discussions that would centre on peace, unity and development of Nigeria," he noted.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that Professor Gregory Ibe, a chieftain of the PDP and member of Ohaneze Ndi Igbo, gave his thoughts on Ndi Igbo agitation for the presidency come 2023.
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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