“Electing a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 will quell agitation”

Participants at the Igbo International Christmas Retreat, organized by Igbo Think Tank and Nzuko Ndigbo, stated that electing a Nigerian President of South East extraction in 2023 would not only restore peace to the zone, but would also quell the rising agitation for self-determination championed by youths from the zone.

This is stated in a communique issued at the conclusion of the retreat, which took place on Wednesday at the Aguiyi Ironsi Conference Centre in Umuahia, Abia State.

According to a communique jointly signed by Professor Madubuike Ezeibe, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Igbo Think Tank, and Chuks Ibegbu, President of Nzuko Ndigbo, supporting the South East to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023 will be in the best interests of the country.

The communique urged Nigerians to vote for a competent presidential candidate from the South East in line with the zoning policy which was adopted to have peace during the unrest in the South West occasioned by the annulment of the June 12, 1993 presidential election believed to have been won by Moshood Abiola.

The communique partly reads: “Electing a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023 will make it impossible for agitators to convince young ones to join them and give us peace in the South East as happened with NADECO in the South West in 1999.

“It was expected that the 1999 scenario of leaving presidential contest to only people from deserving zone should have been repeated for the South East in 2023 but the retreat still went further to examine current presidential candidates on merit and came to the conclusion that the only Igbo man among the front runners is still the best based on verifiable character, age, intellectual capacity, physical health and past record.

“So, if he is denied the opportunity to lead his country, it would suggest that the Igbo are not being seen as equal Nigerians.”

The retreat which adopted the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi, enlisted the support of all progressive Nigerians of all ethnic, religious and political backgrounds to vote for him in 2023 for a new Nigeria where “production will replace consumption.”

 

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