- Nigerians have been urged to support presidential candidates of Igbo extraction ahead of the 2023 general election
- The call was made by the leadership of the South-East Muslim Elders Council on Monday, January 10
- The council also assured that the group and its members would be throwing their weight behind the move to have an Igbo president come 2023
A Muslim community in the southeast has thrown their weight behind calls for an Igbo president come 2023.
The community members under the aegis of South-East Muslim Elders Council said Nigeria's president in 2023 should come from the Igbo extraction.
The Punch reports that the council said that having an Igbo president in 2023 is sacrosanct and cannot be up for a debate.
According to the group, the north, southwest and south-south geopolitical regions have had their fair share in the presidency and should allow the southeast to have an opportunity.
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The group said since the advent of democracy in Nigeria, the southeast region is yet to have a shot at the presidential seat.
Speaking after a meeting in Abakiliki, Ebonyi state, Suleiman Akandu, who read the group's resolution said they were worried about the non-inclusion of Muslimes in the southeast region.
Akandu called on governors across the region and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to always include the Muslim community in their political and socio-economic deliberations.
“Also we resolved to support the clamour for Nigeria president of Igbo extraction in 2023."
“This is predicated on the fact that Nigeria is hatched on three stands, Igbo, Hausa and Yoruba. So under natural circumstances, it is the turn of the east."
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