- Prominent legal expert Onyekachi Monday Ubani has said southeast should be allowed to produce Nigeria's next president in 2023
- Ubani said it is only the Igbos that have not occupied the presidency since Nigeria returned to civilian rule in 1999
- The senior lawyer also argued that Nigeria has to be restructured to address the alleged marginalisation of the southeast
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a prominent Nigerian lawyer, Onyekachi Monday Ubani, has said the southeast should be given the chance to produce President Muhammadu Buhari's successor.
Ubani, a former second vice president of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) who hails from Abia state, made this known in an interview published by The Sun on Sunday, November 15.
Southeast the only major tribe yet to occupy presidency since 1999
Ubani argued that since Nigeria returned to democracy in 1999, it is only the southeast that is yet to occupy the number one office in the country.
The lawyer noted that the presidency has gone round Yoruba, Hausa, Fulani and south-south region.
He said it would be unfair if any other region apart from the southeast aspires for the position in 2023.
"...Even the issue of the 2023 presidency they are talking about now, if a country is run on truth, equity and justice, then it would be very inequitable, ungodly for any other region to be clamouring for the presidency, when they know that the Igbo have not taken that position since 1999 till date."
Ubani reiterated that the southeast should produce Nigeria's next president if Nigerians "have a sense of justice".
"If Nigerians have a sense of justice, they will know that power would come back to the South, and to the Eastern region, not to any other region.
"But their wickedness and heart of evil and hatred for the Igbo, they are now manipulating to ensure that the Igbo never lead the country."
Ubani also argued that the southeast region is being marginalised, claiming other regions are better equipped in terms of infrastructure.
He further claimed that Igbos are not considered for key positions in terms of political appointments.
Restructuring as the way forward
The senior lawyer argued that it is through restructuring that Nigeria can correct the alleged marginalisation.
Yoruba leader backs southeast
Meanwhile, a prominent Yoruba leader in Benue state, Asiwaju Isaac Akinkunmi, has thrown his weight behind the southeast in its quest to produce Nigeria's president in 2023.
Akinkunmi who is the immediate past president general of the Yoruba community in Benue state maintained that supporting the Igbo presidency is the only way secessionist agitations can die a natural death in the country.
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