- Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria has said people of the southeast are interested in producing the president in 2023
- The president of the Anambra chapter of the group, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene made the statement
- Okeke-Ogene stated that Ohanaeze has not mandated anyone or any group to pursue actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra
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Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria has said people of the southeast are interested in producing the president in 2023 and not the pursuit of a sovereign state.
The president of the Anambra chapter of the group, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene made the statement on Tuesday, August 11, when speaking with reporters after the group’s meeting.
He stated that the leadership of Ohanaeze was focused on getting a president from the southeast region, The Nation reported.
According to Okeke-Ogene, Ohanaeze has not mandated anyone or any group to pursue the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra.
He explained that Igbo youth who were agitating for Biafra are only doing so because of the gross marginalisation of the zone.
“We are pursuing an Igbo president because the executive of Ohanaeze led by Nnia Nwodo has the mandate of Ndigbo to negotiate the Igbo position in Nigeria," he said.
“He wasn’t given a mandate for the Sovereign State of Biafra. That’s why we are saying, give us what is due to us and Nigeria’s president of Igbo extraction is what we are looking for.
Meanwhile, a former Senate president, Senator Ken Nnamani, has said that the demand for a Nigerian president of Igbo extraction in 2023 was justified.
According to Nnamani, Igbos have shown more commitment to Nigeria than any other tribe in the country, hence they deserve to occupy the number one position in the country.
Nnamani made the comment while speaking to journalists in his Amechi Awkunanaw country home in Enugu state on Saturday, July 11.
The occasion was a reception organized in his honour by some All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders in the state after the former Senate president was picked as the representative of the southeast in the APC caretaker National Working Committee.
In another report, Professor Gregory Ibe, a chieftain of the 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 southeast, stressing that Igbos are a part of the country and made efforts towards the independence of Nigeria.
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