- Ahead of the 2023 election, the Igbos are not relaxing in their agitation for power rotation to the southeastern region of the country
- Chukwuemeka Ezeife, ex-governor of Anambra state recently disclosed that the Southeast is ready to do all it takes with other regions to gather support for the presidential seat
- He noted also that the Igbo scribe has done a lot for the development of Nigeria and should be given a chance to rule the nation going forward
While some prominent personalities are not relenting in the struggle to get support in other regions, others are convinced that their aim would be realized in the long run.
Recently, a former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, on Saturday, December 4, said the Southeast was prepared to kneel for any region to garner support to clinch the presidency in 2023, Premium Times reports.
Mr Ezeife made this disclosure at the United For Better Nigeria Initiative national convention, held in Abuja.
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According to him, Nigeria has the potential of developing into a superpower, as such should carry everybody along without discrimination.
“I found Hausa, Yoruba, Igbo and other groups in this place talking about the need for federal character.
“There will be unity if there is fairness, equity, justice. In the absence of those, you see what we are now.”
"Even though the Igbo people don’t prostrate, but this time, we are prepared to kneel down to every part of Nigeria, every group, every ethnic group in Nigeria.
“We are prepared to even prostrate because we believe in this country.”
Igbos contribution so far
Mr Ezeife said Igbo people have contributed greatly to the development of Nigeria in terms of infrastructure, intellect, and business, as such Nigerians should give them the chance to develop the country.
He added that:
“We must unite and the South-east has to bring their own."
The call for support
Nkolika Mkparu, coordinator-general of the group, said electing the next president of Nigeria from the South-east would assuage the feeling of political marginalisation in the region.
Mrs Mkparu said the initiative is a non-partisan political advocacy group committed to a united Nigeria.
She said the group’s focus on Southeast agitation for president was to ensure political balance in the country.
“Inclusiveness that will bring us together in one union, is what will bring our country together."
Ex-power Minister blames southeast governors, accuses them of being obstacles to regional integration
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that Southeast governors have been blamed for the problems being faced by the southeast.
This was disclosed by a former minister of Power, Prof. Chinedu Nebo.
He said governors of the South-East constitute major obstacles to economic and regional integration of their states.