The South-East Muslims Elders Council has expressed their support for a Nigerian of Igbo extraction to emerge as President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023.
According to the group, Igbo Presidency in 2023 was non-negotiable.
The group stated that the North, South-West and South-South geopolitical zones have had their turns in the Presidency since 1999.
The Muslim group said this in Abakiliki, the Ebonyi State capital, on Sunday, after its meeting.
Reading out the group’s resolutions after the meeting, Barr Sulaiman Akandu, from Abia State, said, “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.”
He added that “The West, that is clamouring for President is prejudicial because they have taken eight years as President and another eight years as Vice-President. The North has taken two years during late Musa Yar-Adua and now undergoing eight years, under President Buhari.
“So the Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 is non-negotiable; it is a natural cause.
“The Council regrets the non-involvement and recognition of Igbo Muslims in the affairs of the region, a situation where the South-East governors recognise Christian clergies, traditional rulers, but refuse to accord same to Igbo Muslims in the zone,” Akandu said.
Akandu, who served Abia State as Commissioner for Lands and Survey, raised concern over the non-inclusion and recognition of Muslims in the political affairs of the zone.
He urged the governors of the zone and the Ohanaeze Ndigbo to include Muslims in the political and economic deliberations of the region.
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