2023: We’re working on Igbo presidency – Ohanaeze, Amaechi, Izuogu, others

2023: We're working on Igbo presidency - Ohanaeze, Amaechi, Izuogu, others

•It’s an Illusion, says ex-Biafran soldier

By Anayo Okoli, Chimaobi Nwaiwu, Ikechukwu Odu, Peter Okutu & Chinonso Alozie

ENUGU—Apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Alaigbo Foundation, Igbo National Congress, amongst others, yesterday, agreed {that a} president of Igbo extraction  is achievable in 2023 because the Igbo are working in the direction of its realization.

This got here as an  ex-Biafran soldier and distinguished  conventional ruler in Enugu State, Igwe Spencer Ugwuoke, expressed  doubt over the belief of a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 as a result of ”Ndigbo lack unity of function.”

Ugwuoke, who’s the standard ruler of Obimo autonomous neighborhood in Nsukka Local Government Area of Enugu State, insisted that lack of unity of function by the Igbo and poor political construction would make it tough for them to comprehend the dream.

The monarch mentioned Ndigbo can’t be speaking from either side of the mouth with none recognizable chief and hope to seize presidential seat in 2023.

“This nation has many miracles that happen at  their very own time; however I need to let you know that there isn’t a indication that an Igbo man will emerge president of Nigeria in 2023. This is as a result of the Igbo have refused to forge a typical font politically not like what now we have in different main ethnic teams in Nigeria; even the minority tribes are extra united than the Igbo.

“Though, the President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, Chief Nniah Nwodo, has improved the standing of the Igbo by way of attaining frequent ambition, there are nonetheless quite a bit to be completed. Even amongst us, there are nonetheless a few of us sabotaging Nwodo’s efforts.

“We have to return to Ohanaeze Ndigbo and make it the genuine mouthpiece of the Igbo as a result of, because it stands now, the organisation is poor in equitable representations of the completely different conventional establishments in South East, which is why it’s tough to talk with one voice. You at all times hear of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Lagos, Abuja, Jos, South Africa and what have you ever. This is unsuitable and it’s the origin of the discordant tunes affecting our political fortunes in Nigeria.  Where have you ever seen the Oba of Benin and Sultan of Sokoto being countered by their topics? It solely occurs in South East.

“When you’re searching for one thing, you shouldn’t create  enemies. You can’t be opposing Buhari’s administration and anticipate him to again you up for the presidency in 2023.

“Let’s create a platform to advertise the pains of the South-East as a geopolitical zone that has not produced a president. Let’s get leaders of thought, conventional rulers and chairmen of the state council of chiefs to fulfill their counterparts in different geopolitical zones for assist. Let our legislators put their curiosity in a typical pot for the curiosity of the zone and never be originators of discordant tunes.

“Igbo Presidency is realisable but there has to be a long term plan geared towards achieving it. It is not possible in 2023”, Igwe Spencer mentioned.

Igbo presidency achievable in 2023 — Ohanaeze

Disagreeing with Igwe Ugwuoke, the umbrella organisation of the Igbo mentioned Igbo presidency is achievable in 2023.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo by means of its spokesman, Uche Achi-Ogbaga, mentioned Igbo presidency is achievable, including that there’s nothing like lack of unity of function as all Igbo can’t be in a single political celebration or suppose alike.

He mentioned that Ohanaeze Ndigbo has been galvanizing each Ndigbo and different ethinic teams and all components of the nation in the direction of attaining this challenge.

Beware of enemies of Ndigbo — Mbazulike Amaechi

First Republic politician, Chief Mbazulike Amechi berated those that suppose that Igbo presidency shouldn’t be realizable, describing such individuals as enemies of Ndigbo. He mentioned that if presidency of different sections of the nation was attainable, then Igbo presidency is extra attainable and have extra potentials of realization than others.

His phrases:  “In politics, identical to in anything, nothing is inconceivable.So, the standard ruler who mentioned that Igbo presidency shouldn’t be attainable is out of actuality, he isn’t being reasonable.

“Igbo presidency like each different political motion is feasible. However, Igbo presidency doesn’t imply that Igbo man will probably be president of Igbo’ alone, for an Igbo man to change into the president of Nigeria, he needs to be president of Nigerians basically not Igbo individuals. He needs to be president of all Nigerians and Nigeria as a rustic, he needs to be for everyone in Nigeria.

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“I’ve at all times informed Ndigbo that  to  produce the president of Nigeria, now we have to be organized, you must strategize, you must plan, you gave to work, to supply the president that will probably be for all Nigerians.

“To be president of Nigeria, you must have handshakes throughout the Niger, throughout the Benue, you must attain out, you need to acknowledge the truth that Northern Nigeria has a big inhabitants and there may be no one who might be president of Nigeria with out the assist  and cooperation of a giant part of the North. So, the Igbo man who would be the president will need to have the assist of a substantial part of the North. The similar factor is relevant to the West, he will need to have the assist of the West.

“Igbo votes alone can not give anyone presidency of Nigeria and so, for an Igbo man to change into president in Nigeria, he should attain out and make mates and likewise guarantee that his political celebration has the unfold to assist him safe the seat of the president. So, whosoever that’s saying Igbo presidency shouldn’t be attainable after assembly all these circumstances doesn’t know what he’s speaking about, in truth he’s an enemy of Ndigbo.

“So in case you are asking me in regards to the chance, actually it’s attainable. There is each chance of attaining it, it’s attainable and I need to say I’m personally working for that. Seriously, I’m personally working for that, we will obtain it and I’m placing a lot effort within the work I’m doing for that.

“Remember, since after the civil war, many sections of the country, many influential people in Nigeria do not still believe that the war has ended. Some of them are still fighting the war collectively against Ndigbo but the Igbo have  ignored them and gone ahead inspite of those people and I am encouraging Ndigbo to continue doingwhat they have been doing and not look back to avoid being discouraged.”

It’s achievable — Izuogu

Another high Igbo chief, Ezekiel Izuogu mentioned , “The Igbo have to be faithful members of their party, they have to believe in the ideology of the party. If you are a progressive you must be a progressive that Nigerians know and not just pretending to be in a political party. You must believe in their ideology and then work with it and emerge as the candidate of the party if you are good”.

For instance, he mentioned: ” Olusegun Obasanjo emerged from the southwest  and regardless that the Yoruba didn’t vote for PDP, the entire nation agreed that the presidency ought to go to the southwest.

“I’m interesting to Nigerians to allow us to have the identical thoughts. The Igbo haven’t gotten this factor since Nigeria was created,allow us to concede it to them and it’ll additionally assist them to neglect the difficulty of civil struggle and consider that they’re wished by different Nigerians.

“That will also stop the issue of Biafra because immediately you give the presidency to the Igbo, the issue of Biafra will end and that will allow the country to be a better place for Igbo and other Nigerians.”

We should construct alliances with others — INC

Speaking additionally, the President of Igbo National Council, INC, Chilos Godsent was of the view that, “The first thing to do is harmonize the internal political structure and build alliances with other political blocs.Then, we’ll  move into the  three most popular political parties and bring up popular and credible persons that can be saleable”.

We should come collectively — Obasi

In his personal contribution, the previous deputy governorship candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, within the 2015 normal election, Chief Jerry Obasi famous that one of the best ways for Ndigbo to attain the Igbo presidency is for them “to come together as a people under a united Nigeria and engage other areas of the country with a calculated objective to purge their minds of hate and phobia against Ndigbo.”

According to him, “The Igbo race in Nigeria has  suffered  sequence of mistreatments, socially, politically and economically. These types of politically motivated mistreatments are compounded by a conspicuous and consumated conspiracy to disclaim the Igbo  the Presidency.

“Ndigbo continually take obvious steps towards the realisation of this much taunted Igbo dream of Igbo presidency without realisation. It has always been deliberately truncated by haters of Ndigbo who perceive they have an axe to grind with Ndigbo. Since 1999 to date, Ndigbo have participated in all of the Presidential elections, including the 2015 and 2019 Presidential elections which gave birth to General Muhammadu Buhari.”

Chief Jerry Obasi mentioned the difficulty of Igbo Presidency can’t be swept underneath the carpet, contemplating the socio-political challenges at the moment going through the South East area of the nation.

He nevertheless agreed that one of the best ways for Ndigbo to attain the Igbo Presidency is for them “to come together as a people under a united Nigeria, engage other areas of the country with a calculated objective to purge their minds of hate and phobia against Ndigbo”.


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