- The Ohanaeze Ndigbo has reacted to a comment credited to Abdurrahman Sumaila, President Buhari's former aide, on the clamour for an Igbo presidency
- According to the apex socio-cultural organisation in Igboland, Sumaila's comment is rather childish
- The mouthpiece of the southeast group, Chief Alex Ogbonnia, said Ohanaeze Ndigbo will not at this time exchange words with Sumaila
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A former aide to President Muhammdu Buhari on Assembly matters, Abdurrahman Sumaila, has attracted heated criticism to himself over his remark on the idea of an Igbo presidency in 2023.
Sumaila had said that no Nigerian in his right sense can think of voting for an Igbo presidential candidate in the 2023 general elections, Punch reports.
This view aired by the erstwhile presidential aide was on Thursday, June 3, described as childish by the Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
Chief Alex Ogbonnia, the spokesman of the apex socio-cultural group in the southeast, said that the Ohanaeze is not willing and ready to join issues with Sumaila.
“Ohanaeze will not take issues with the ex-presidential aide, describing his outburst as childish."
The next president should come from the east
Earlier, Chief Edwin Clark had backed the move to ensure that Nigeria’s next president emerged from the southeast.
The former national commissioner said President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must come from the southeast in the interest of fairness and justice.
However, the Ijaw leader noted that for the region to actualise the dream of producing the next president it must put its house in order.
He made the disclosure when he received a courtesy visit from Ohanaeze Ndigbo and some southeast leaders led by president general, Professor George Obiazor at his Asokoro residence, Abuja on Sunday, April 18.
Clark pledged to mobilise his people to reciprocate late Nnamdi Azikiwe’s gesture by working with the southeast leaders to produce an Igbo president in 2023.
He explained that Azikiwe, the first Nigerian president worked with the people of the south-south region to carve out the mid-west as an independent region in the defunct First Republic.