The Igbo socio-cultural group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, says the South East region has presidential candidates that are competent, qualified and nationalistic to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
The president-general of the group, George Obiozor, while making a case for the Igbo presidency said the South East deserves to produce the next president in the spirit of fairness and equity, noting that the region will be getting the presidency for the first time in Nigeria’s history.
Speaking on Thursday during an interview on Channels Television, Obiozor said the region is prepared to present candidates and aspirants that have the capacity to perform, adding that the idea of the Igbo presidency is politically and morally justifiable.
The retired ambassador stated that those accusing Igbos of not being united are being mischievous and do not want the presidency to come to the South East.
He said, “Definitely, the idea of the President of Nigeria from Igboland is an idea whose time has come. It is politically and morally justifiable. As a matter of fact, it is important that at this time in the history of Nigeria, we will take reasonable decisions in order to heal the nation; give every part of the country a sense of belonging, stop the bickering and reunite the country, and reinvigorate the spirit of nationalism.
‘To be candid, we in Igboland are also ready to give you candidates and presidential aspirants that are competent, nationalistic, with the capacity to perform, with evidence of what they have done and what they can do for the rest of the country.
“Indeed, we are ready and all we are asking the nation is to obey the law of rotation in our history, which has been North and South and which created the balance – a political balance that has held our country together.
“In order words, if you look at the Nigerian political calculations, it is designed in such a way that we are last in everything and we are also going to be last in all the zones in taking the presidency.
“The whole idea of accusing Igbos of not being united is a gimmick and, in fact, a frivolous criticism because people who are very universal and individualistic cannot be controlled like cattle. Igbo have their strategy. When they find what they want, they unite.”
Some of the South-East politicians who have declared their presidential ambition include former Deputy Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Kingsley Moghalu; former Senate President and ex-Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim; Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi; former Governor of Abia State and Senate Chief Whip, Senator Orji Kalu.