Either We Produce Next President in 2023 or We Leave Nigeria - Igbo Elders

 

Alt: = "Ohanaeze Ndi-Igbo"

Igbo elders, under the aegis of Igbo Elders Consultative Forum (IECF), have said it is the turn of the South-Eastern Nigeria to produce the next Nigerian president, and if that did not happen, they break out of Nigeria.

The forum made this know at a briefing in Abuja.

The Chairman of the forum and former Governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, while briefing journalists, maintained that South-East region would not accept any position other than to produce the next president that will succeed President Buhari in 2023.

“Emboldened by the increasing demand and support by credible and patriotic Nigerians for power to shift to the South in 2023, the Igbo Elders Forum hereby encourages visionary, credible and creative presidential materials of South-East zone to declare their intension for Presidency and pursue it with every sense of seriousness, vigour and commitment.

“We are very serious about this directive. Do not mind those unserious bootlickers who are angling to be running mates to candidates from other parts of the country, as the Igbos will not take it lightly with any of our sons or daughters who accept to be running mates to any person outside the South-East zone in 2023.

"It is either we are allowed to produce the president of this country in 2023 to change the appalling narrative of continued decay, poverty, insecurity, poor governance, corruption and maladministration in Nigeria or out of it.

The group threatened to sanction any Igbo politician who accepts to be running mate to anyone from another region. 

"No half measure, as serious sanctions will be visited on any Igbo man or woman that sabotages this noble and patriotic decision of our people to provide for Nigeria a credible, visionary and creative president.

The South-East geopolitical zone has not produced President of Nigeria since the fourth republic began in 1999.

"Legally, morally, and strategically, it is the turn of the South-East to produce the next president of the country as the other zones have been given the opportunity to serve this country in that capacity.”

There is an ongoing political tussle over which region should produce the next president of Nigeria in 2023, when Muhammadu Buhari, a Northerner, will be leaving office.  

Some other prominent Igbo elders present at the briefing were the Secretary-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo (FCT chapter), former Minister of Education, Prof. S. C Madubuike; Dr Nkonye Kingsley; His Royal Majesty, Igwe Ibe Nwosu.

 

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