- Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has maintained that someone of Igbo extraction must take over as the next president
- The Abia state senator also noted that he would continue to advocate for fairness for the southeast region
- There are a number of candidates from the southeast who have been tipped to take over the presidency when Muhammadu Buhari's tenure ends in 2023
Following the clamour from southeast leaders for an Igbo to be the next president, Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe has insisted that the quest was non-negotiable in 2023, Leadership reports.
The senator made this known on Wednesday, November 18, after the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ) Imo state council gave him an award as the “most outstanding performing senator in the southeast 2020.”
Abaribe who represents Abia South at the National Assembly vowed to remain in the forefront for the agitation of justice, equity, and fairness for the southeast region in national affairs.
The Senate minority leader argued that giving up the agitation would deepen the already existing pitiable condition and subject her people to second class citizens.
However, he urged the Igbos not to relent but to remain firm, resolute and undaunted in the face of legions of challenges.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a prominent Nigerian lawyer, Onyekachi Monday Ubani, 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.
He 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.
In a related development, Walter Oji, president of Nigeria Presidential Project (NNP), has disclosed that about 46 professors across ethnic groups in Nigeria are working towards the actualisation of Igbo presidency in 2023.
Oji made this disclosure during the inauguration of NPP in Akwa, the Anambra State capital on Monday, November 9.
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