- Ohanaeze Ndigbo is the latest group to respond to Mamman Daura
- Daura is facing backlash for his recent comments on the 2023 presidential election
- The apex Igbo socio-political group said the comments of the president's nephew is self-serving
Ohanaeze Ndigbo has responded to comments by Mamman Daura saying the 2023 presidential contest should be based on competence and not rotation.
Daura, the nephew of President Muhammadu Buhari, made the comment in an interview with the BBC Hausa Service on Tuesday, July 28.
Reacting to the comments, Chief Emeka Attamah, the media aide to the president-general of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo insisted that it is the turn of the south, particularly Ndigbo to produce the president in 2023.
The organization warned that equity should not be sacrificed on the altar of parochialism since it was the rotation sentiment that produced the present incumbent.
The group said: “The statement by Mamman Daura is, to say the least, self-serving. He should’ve said this before the 2019 elections. They ganged up to push President Jonathan aside because they believed it was the turn of the north to produce the president.
“Having benefited enormously from his nephew being the president, he now wants it jettisoned because it is the turn of the south.”
The group warned that: “Equity is a constant flagship for peace and good governance. Without it, there will be continued agitation and crisis.”
It noted that at his age, Mamman Daura “should stand for equity and fairness,” adding that his stand, “goes against the grain of the nation’s constitution which enshrines equality for all peoples and sections of the country.”
Similarly, the Yoruba socio-cultural group, Afenifere, has condemned the position of on the 2023 presidential election.
Responding, the Afenifere insisted that the country must continue with the common understanding of power rotation between the north and the south.
The spokesman of the group, Joe Odumakin, said the country must stand firm and respect the zoning agreement.
His words: “In 2023, he would understand if there is anything called competence. We are watching how things unfold.”
Interestingly, a human rights lawyer of Igbo extraction and former Nigerian Bar Association chairman, Chief Olisa Agbakoba, SAN, has kicked against the zoning of the presidency.
According to him, Nigeria needs a president who is passionate about the country and has the type of passion Late Colonel Odimegwu Ojukwu had for Biafra.
In an interview with a national newspaper recently, Agbakoba stressed the need for the devolution of powers if the country is to make progress.