- The southeast region is adamant on producing the next president by 2023
- Governors from the region, groups and individuals have insisted that the next president must be an Igbo man
- In a communique issued on Friday, the southeast leaders also alleged marginalisation of the region in the federal projects
With the conversation on who becomes President Muhammadu Buhari's successor getting more recognitions, Ohanaeze Ndigbo and all the governors from the southeast region have demanded that an Igbo man takes the mantle of leadership by 2023.
In a communique released on Friday, October 30, after a meeting in Enugu state, the southeast leaders posited that for the sake of fairness, the region should take the baton of leadership when Buhari's tenure ends.
Also in the communique, they demanded a prompt disarming of the herdsmen who they said are causing tension and creating security threats in the region.
While urging the southeast to make balance with other regions, the Igbo leaders maintained that the actualisation of 2023 presidency is a must, noting that the zone has not produced a Nigerian leader.
The coalition also alleged that there is a gross marginalisation of the southeast region in what contradicted the federal character.
“The Igbo youths and MASSOB notes with sadness, that Igbo land is being discriminated against in the allocation of Federal infrastructural projects. We note specifically, that all the Federal roads in Igbo land are in a terrible State of disrepair.
"We therefore demand that the FG should immediately approve a substantial intervention fund to complete these road projects.
Among those present at the meeting are president of Ohanaeze, Governors Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, Dave Umahi and Okezie Ikpeazu, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, minister of foreign affairs Geoffrey Onyeama and others.
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Meanwhile, David Umahi, governor of Ebonyi state, has pitched his tents with those who believe the next president should come from the southeast region.
Speaking during a broadcast on Monday, October 26, Umahi, who is the chairman of the Southeast Governors’ Forum (SGF), posited that for the sake of fairness and justice, and more importantly to protect the national harmony, the next president should come from the southeast.
The governor further maintained that this is the spirit and the voice of the youths from the region
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