- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo says there would be disaffection if the Igbo ethnic group is denied the opportunity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023
- Chief Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, explains that the southeast region has the inalienable right to aspire to the nation’s presidency
- Nwodo notes that equity and fairness must be entrenched in the overall interest of the country
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said any attempt to deny the Igbo ethnic group the opportunity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 would amount to creating disaffection.
Chief Nnia Nwodo, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, made the statement in Anambra state at the public presentation of the official biography of the Nnewi ‘s monarch, Igwe Kenneth Orizu, The Guardian reports.
The Ohanaeze Ndigbo leader noted that Igbos has the inalienable right to aspire to the nation’s presidency, stressing that equity and fairness must be entrenched in the overall interest of the country.
He said Igbo should succeed Buhari in 2023, as it was the turn of the southeast to occupy the highest office in Nigeria come 2023.
"This is a democracy; people are free to say what they want. But what is important is how the will of the nation will be distilled to ensure that there is justice. Nobody here is a second-class citizen and Ndigbo are not. So it is our turn in 2023,” he said.
Meanwhile, a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC's) Board of Trustees (BoT), Joseph Okoloagu, has pleaded with President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure that he is succeeded by someone from the southeastern part of Nigeria in 2023.
The retired brigadier-general made the plea in an interview he had with a national newspaper, Daily Trust, where he also pleaded with President Buhari to forgive the hostility of some Igbo youths towards him.
Okoloagu noted that for the sake of equality, the southeastern should be allowed to produce the country's next president in 2023.
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