Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo has said that electing an Igbo president in 2023 is a reasonable decision that will heal the nation.
The President-General of the group, Professor George Obiozor who said this during a programme on Channels TV noted that an Igbo president will unite the country and reinvigorate the spirit of nationalism, the idea of the President of Nigeria from Igboland is an idea whose time has come. It is politically and morally justifiable. It is important that at this time in the history of Nigeria, we will make reasonable decisions to heal the nation; give every part of the country a sense of belonging, stop the bickering and reunite the country, and reinvigorate the spirit of nationalism.
“To be candid, we in Igboland are also ready to give you candidates and presidential aspirants that are competent, nationalistic, with the capacity to perform, with evidence of what they have done and what they can do for the rest of the country.
“Indeed, we are ready and all we are asking the nation is to obey the law of rotation in our history, which has been North and South and which created the balance – a political balance that has held our country together.”
Obiozor further said that statistics on presidents and creation of states and local government areas as well as the National Assembly have shown that the South-East zone deserves more.
“In order words, if you look at the Nigerian political calculations, it is designed in such a way that we are last in everything and we are also going to be last in all the zones in taking the presidency,” he said.
The retired ambassador also stated that people of the South-East are unanimous on the call for power to go to the zone after the tenure of the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
“The whole idea of accusing Igbos of not being united is a gimmick and, in fact, a frivolous criticism because people who are very universal and individualistic cannot be controlled like cattle. The Igbo's have their strategy. When they find what they want, they unite,” Obiozor stated.