Let me start this piece by making it categorically clear to these aspirants, their households, advocates, pals and loyalists that I have nothing against that their presidential aspirations, as it remains their constitutional rights, but just another suggestion that justice, fairness and equity we sing daily should also be the portion of Ndi-Igbo in Nigeria.
On 4th December 2017 as reported by premium times ahead of 2019 election project, Senator Orji Uzo Kalu in reassuring President Muhammadu Buhari of Igbos support for him, mentioned that “After Buhari’s eight years, nobody in Nigeria can inform us that our area can not produce the president …”. Tinubu and other and APC bigwigs ahead of 2019 basic election project was really clear in stressing that a choose Buhari’s 2nd term is a sure thing for Igbo presidency come 2023. That campaign technique obviously set off a great deal of confusion to Igbos voting pattern ahead of the 2019 elections, with Peter Obi as running mate to Atiku Abubakar; a political estimation that might have possible 25% overall vote to Buhari in the region.
This deceit was turned open (Channels Television reports 2nd August 2018) by the then Senate President, Bukola Saraki, that “… he (Tinubu) expressed a strong opinion that he would rather ‘support a Buhari on the medical facility stretcher’ to get a second term because in 2023, power will move to the South-west. This perspective of Tinubu’s was not only expressed to me but to numerous of my coworkers, so much for acting in the nationwide interest. It is clear that while my own choice is based on securing the collective nationwide interest, Tinubu will rather live with the identified insufficiencies of the federal government for the sake of fulfilling and protecting his presidential aspiration in 2023 …”
Segun Showunmi, the representative of Atiku presidential project, in among his series of interviews with Channels television was asked “Will Atiku Abubakar step down after one tenure if he emerges winner of the 2019 presidential election and support Ndi-Igbo for 2023 presidential election, understanding very well that by 2023 the north should have finished 8years?”; and Segun responds “when we that to that bridge, we’ll cross it”.
Fellow Nigerians, the above referrals and much more are just part of the lots of pieces of proof that Igbos are easily relegated in the plan of things in Nigeria as a country. Igbos have actually constantly supported every people in presidential elections regardless of celebration association however it appears unimaginable to change that support for Igbo aspirants. With all the support given to the federal government of Goodluck Jonathan by Ndi-Igbo, I’ve never seen him anywhere speaking for Igbo presidency, nor condemning the mistreatments on them as an individuals.
What will occur if Tinubu, Atiku, Jonathan, and the rest come out openly and state “it’s time to end the marginalisation and vote Igbo man or female president “? Will heaven fall? After all they’ve been doing that for every other tribe.
This fundamental despiteful push that “you can neither be Nigerians nor Biafrans” stays the greatest joke I’m really sure no other ethic groups can endure in Nigeria. Kanu have severally said it that they will never enable an Igbo guy ended up being Nigeria’s president, which is now very clear even to the blind that his assertion holds true, going by the current declarations left and right.
How in the world can someone be talking about yet another president from the North to take over from Buhari? You suggest Igbos would once again be deceitfully informed to wait till year 2031 for their non-existent turn, or maybe year 2039 must another southerner other than Igbos emerges winner.
The point is not whether Igbos require others to win presidential election or not, of course they do require votes all over; however the naked truth exists exist a collect hate against them. Why not talk about their own interest even in celebration conversations, due to the fact that it’s extremely clear they do not even discuss it.
2023 remains the turn of the south, and the only region left behind in decades for the office of the president is the southeast. Support the Igbos to produce the next Nigeria’s president come 2023, just as they’ve constantly supported others all their life. Do not force an individuals to end up being perpetual spectators in Nigerian task and at exact same time preach one Nigeria. Let them belong to the one Nigeria you preach, or let them go.