Northern Elders Call For Igbo Presidency

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Northern elders have backed calls for the 2023 presidency to be zone by both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to the people of the South-East.

The elders stated that zoning the presidency to the South-East will ensure equity, fairness and unity in the country.

In a statement issued by the elders operating under the aegis of Coalition of Northern Elders for Peace and Development, the elders said it would be wise to zone the presidency to the South-East since South-South and South-West have both produced Presidents from the southern region.

The statement signed by national coordinator, Zana Goni, and National Women Leader, Hajia Mairo Bichi, thanked Igbo elites and leaders forn oepnly coming out to what it described as the “treasonable activities of the leader of outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra,Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who hinged his action on the delayed emergency of Igbo presidency.”

According to the elders, an Igbo presidency “will bring an end to the manifest marginalisation of the South East,” adding that “This will foster national unity, and also bring to a close the bitterness of the Nigeria-Biafra civil war which has lingered for 50 years since the end of hostilities and engender unity.’’

The statement read in parts, “We wish to thank Igbo elites and leaders for openly coming out to denounce the treasonable activities of the leader of outlawed Indigenous People of Biafra,Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, who hinged his action on the delayed emergency of Igbo presidency.

“Even though the APC said they will do North-South zoning, it has become a culture in Nigeria that no zone is allowed to continue beyond eight years. You can take that from the time of Obasanjo.

“If all the major geopolitical zones in the country, and especially the major ethnic groups in the country have all been presidents, and in all fairness, justice and equity, we should be looking at the South East to produce the president.

“There is no denying the fact that the Igbo have contributed greatly to the development of this country. It is time for us all to reciprocate their good gestures through mass support for the next president to emerge from the South East. This is the time for it.

“At a time that our national unity is so threatened, we believe that a detribalised tribe holding the presidency at this time is the surest way of restoring Nigeria’s unity.

“The Igbo, 50 years after the war, have been so marginalised. To heal that wound and to put that war behind us, we think if the country reaches out to them by supporting them to produce the 2023 presidency, it will be the masterstroke to heal the wounds. And finally, if that wound is not healed and is made deeper, it can only promote tribal groups.

“When it was given to the Yoruba to heal the wound of Abiola, Obasanjo emerged in one party and Olu Falae emerged in the other major party. It was not like they just went into the room and came out with these people. They went through party primaries to emerge.

“Last time, you saw the primary that produced Atiku, you saw the primary that produced the president and two Fulanis came on board. The rules will not change. If you zone to the South East, the two parties will have towed that route so that interested candidates from the south East can slug it out. Eventually, two people will emerge. The country will vote for them and whoever is better will carry the day.

“We are asking for a Nigerian President of South East extraction. We are not asking Nigeria for “Igbo President because that will amount to asking Nigeria to possibly alter geo-political-zones-based rotation arrangement for Presidency in Nigeria.

“We are asking Nigeria to stay true to it. Igbos in South East will give their aspirations resounding support when presidency rotates to their geo-political zone.

“We tasked Ohanaeze Ndigbo (umbrella organization of Igbos worldwide), to reach out to great Igbo leaders to make contacts with leaders from other geo-political zones and interest groups for support for South East president.

The northern group said that the creation of the six geopolitical zones in the country by Sani Abacha in 1993 was to help ensure equity, justice and fair play for all.

“The creation was for the purposes of using the zones as yardsticks towards ensuring equity, justice and fair play in the sharing and allocation of Nigerian economic, political and social resources among the component parts of the country.

“We have observed that since the inception of the six geo-political zones, it has become a standard for component parts of each of the zones to lean on this arrangement in demanding for fair play in interactions for allocation of resources.

“The Northern elders desire to stand on this zoning arrangement to make a point on 2023 Presidency that is of grave importance to South-East geo-political zone in particular and Nigeria in general,’’ the group added.

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  1. I don’t trust these folks one bit until the ballot is alotted. Let action speak louder than words. The igbos really deserve to rule this nation. At least, for equity sake

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