- Doyin Okupe has given a second thought on an earlier statement he made concerning the Igbos ahead of the 2023 presidential election
- Okupe on Saturday, March 20, sent an open apology to the southeasterners
- The Nigerian politician implied in his tweet that he has deep respect for the Igbos and their collective political aspiration
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A former presidential aide, to Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Doyin Okupe, has tendered an open apology to southeasterners ahead of the 2023 general elections.
Okupe had said that the idea of Igbo presidency will never be realised unless politicians from the geographical region apologise to northerners over the alleged killing of the Sardauna of Sokoto, Sir Ahmadu Bello in the 1966 coup.
However, as an afterthought, Okupe gave an apology on his Twitter page to the Igbos over his earlier statement.
The politician said his statement was not intended to undermine southeasterners or their dreams, but to help them achieve them.
"I tender my unreserved apology to the Igbos and other Nigerians who felt offended by my post on Igbo presidency and the north.
"I never intended to hurt or demean the Igbos. Instead, I wanted to help actualise the dream. I regret the said post, and I am truly sorry."
Meanwhile, Okupe had expressed serious concern over the rising division among Nigerians. Okupe said the division could lead to the breakup of the West African country if not quickly corrected by stakeholders.
The former presidential media aide was reacting to reports that northern youths had allegedly started diverting food away from the southern part of the country because of disagreement over security issues.
Legit.ng could not independently verify this claim at press time but Okupe urged elder statesmen to quickly address the problem before it gets out of hand.
"Food blockade from the north.....are there no more elders in the north? Where are the stakeholders in this nation? A stitch in time saves nine. The plan of evil to destabilise Nigeria will fail in Jesus name."
Onyirioha Nnamdi is a graduate of Literature and English Language at the University of Lagos. He is a Politics/Current Affairs Editor who writes on news and political topics for Legit.ng. He brings into his reporting a wealth of experience in creative and analytical writing. Nnamdi has a major interest in local and global politics.