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No Igbo President, No Nigeria In 2023 – Ezeife

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Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife, the former Anambra state governor  has said those clamouring for the abolishment of power rotation, zoning of the presidency should wait until the Igbo have their turn in 2023. Speaking with VINCENT KALU, the elder statesman noted that if things continue as they are, the North may be forced to embrace restructuring.  

“The state of the nation, is something we have never been through even during the civil war. If nothing is done, it may lead, ‘to your tent oh Israel’, but God forbid. Otherwise, the way things are going is very bad”, he warned.

How do you react to recent developments in the country?

I don’t know what can be said that has not been said before, but the failure of government is now comprehensive; failure in every direction, economic failure, political failure, social failure, security failure. Only in very few locations in Nigeria can people sleep with their two eyes closed. This is very bad. On top of that, the government said it has done its very best, that is very frustrating because if what is now being experienced is the best that the government can do, I don’t know, maybe, that is why some people are making statements that it should be the end of this government or something like that.

The state of the nation, is something we have never been through even during the civil war. If nothing is done, it may lead, ‘to your tent oh Israel’, but God forbid. Otherwise, the way things are going is very bad.

What do you proffer as solutions to these problems you have highlighted?

My own solution is different from yours. My solution is that Nigerians anywhere they are should go on their knees and hand over everything to God, begging Him to save us; to retrieve Nigeria and make conscience resonate in Nigeria so that corruption which has taken over everywhere can begin to recede. Man has messed up God’s design for Nigeria; man cannot clean up the mess, only God can mend it. You can’t give timetable to God on when to do it, or it will be too late.

Nigeria is rated as one of the most prayerful nations; it has the biggest cathedrals and in every street, you have so many worship centres – churches, mosques, etc, are they not enough to call on God?

The way of God is not the way of man. You may be praying without results, but if all Nigerians go on their knees and pray to God, He is bound to listen to us. He doesn’t slumber, He doesn’t sleep. There is nothing else man can do, do you sack the present government? How do you do that? We pray God to resurrect conscience in Nigeria , to unveil the new Nigeria and not let man prevail.

Boko Haram is asphyxiating the Northeast, while bandits are holding the Northwest to its jugular, both killing our soldiers and civilians,  are you worried?

We must understand that mistakes are made. I don’t know what else to call the re-absorption of Boko Haram into the system. It was a very bad mistake, which should never be repeated. As of now, we know even some Boko Haram members who are back in the military have been doing something unheard of about the military, they attacked Borno State governor. I don’t know, I wish I knew I could answer your question.

Still on security, the Southeast governors said after their meeting with Ohanaeze, they were going to set up a regional security outfit. What do you expect in this direction?

In the past, the Southeast governors talked about regional security. I signed a letter as chairman of Imeobi, Abuja, and chairman of Abuja Elders, commending them for deciding to set up a regional security body. I should be very grateful and glad if they now act fast. We do not want community policing or any type of policing that will be taking directives from Abuja. Therefore, we want an independent Southeast security organisation based on community vigilante; every community should have its own vigilante, and the local government will have local government command, the state will have state command and then the Southeast will have Southeastern command.

The Yoruba brought Amotekun, nobody knew they were bringing it , and the day it was unveiled, we saw many vehicles for that purpose. We should now begin to do our own very fast and the state House of Assembly should help the governors in drafting the legal basis for it.

We have been hearing of ‘One Nigeria’, why is it that we don’t hear, ‘One Ghana’; ‘One Togo’ ‘One Canada’; ‘One India’?

By the grace of God, whose powers are infinite, One Nigeria has come to stay. Any efforts by man to mess up One Nigeria will eventually fail. I’m from Southeast, the most disadvantaged, the most humiliated, the most pushed down and pushed out, but I still hope that Nigeria can survive because, if Nigeria survives and we go back to the structure of government we had from 1945 to 1966, when the World Bank said , parts of Nigeria were growing than the rest of the world. If we can go back to that;  for people who don’t understand what restructuring means, all we mean is to go back to the structure that worked. If we can go back to that structure, nobody, not Fulani, not Yoruba, not Igbo, not any group will gladly move out of Nigeria.

But as it is now, we must understand, especially for the Southeast people blaming IPOB, MASSOB, as talking nonsense, but they should understand that these groups are reacting to what is going on now. So, I don’t want what is going on to continue.

Coming to the issue of presidency, I believe that the moment it comes to Southeast, our people will take it that justice has been done, if by then restructuring has not been done, that president in double quick time will restructure Nigeria, which doesn’t take much. We had regional constitutions; we have federal constitution. All we have to do is go back to federal government that was federal and not unitary; and go back to the regional constitutions, now apply it to the zones, that is it.

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As IPOB Keep Agitating For Biafra, Can Igbos Produce President Of Nigeria In 2023?

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The subject of who becomes the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the commander in-chief of the Armed forces in 2023 has continued to be the focus of many despite the tenure of the incumbent still remaining three years.

Since the independence of the country from Britain in 1960, the people of the Southeast have only ever occupied the highest political office when the Late Gen Aguiyi Johnson Ironsi toppled the administration of Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Alhaji Tafawa Balewa (President and Prime Minister respectively). That was in far back 1966. A child born that time should be around 54years now.

Agreed that Dr Alex Ekweme served the country as vice President during the administration of Alhaji Shehu Shagari between 1979 and 1983, December 31. But then you’d also agree that, the position of a vice is more or less a spare tyre. Even though he may have certain privileges, he does not call the shots. He can only do that which his immediate boss allows him to do.

Since Nigeria returned to democratic administration in 1999, almost all the major ethnic stock in the country’s conflagration has had the chance to occupy the highest position except of course, the Igbos. This is why the call for the zoning of the next president to come from that part of the country seem louder than usual.

 

The Yorubas have had their opportunity when Chief Olusengu Obasanjo held sway as president for eight uninterrupted years. He handed over to the Late Musa Yar’Adua from the North who unfortunately could not see out his tenure. The Niger Delta thus benefited by producing a president who spent almost six (6) years in office.

Today, the North as represented by Maj Gen Mohammadu Buhari (rtd) is president. He’s stayed in office for over five years. Hs tenure will elapse in 2023.

Expectedly, many groups representing several interest have started giving reasons why some persons from their regions should occupy the office of the president. The North still feel they should retain the position despite occupying the position much more than any other group in the country since independence. I think this call is uncharitable and should be rebuffed by every patriotic Nigerian.

The Southwest aside the North have also held the position more than the Igbos have ever had and so the clamour for a Tinubu/Osinbajo or anyone from there to become president is only intended to promote selfishness and greed.

The Igbos this time around should be supported by everyone to emerge. All the Political parties should listen to the aspirations of aspirants from that part of the country. Select a credible person and give their tickets them.

The question now will be, given the continuous agitation for a Sovereign State of Biafra by the youths in the East, is allowing someone from there to become president the right call? Will such a one from there not sign off any call for independence immediately he assumes the position? I am certain everyone agrees that these questions are not superfluous given the rave and wave of the recent agitation as led by Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

 

  1. I think though that the call for Biafra is loud now because the Igbos feel marginalised but should one of them emerge president, that feeling of marginalization will just pass and they will patriotically unite with other groups to push for a stronger and united Nigeria.
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2023 : Nigeria Will Witness A Huge Turn Around If An Igbo Man Emerges A President – Nnia Nwodo

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The President of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex Igbo socio-cultural group, Nnia Nwodo, says Nigeria will witness a turnaround in future if an Igbo man emerges President of the country in 2023.

Nwodo said this in a congratulatory message he sent to Nigerian born Kelechi Madu, the newly appointed Minister of Justice and Solicitor General in Alberta, Canada.

In the congratulatory message signed by Emeka Attamah, his media adviser, Nwodo said Madu’s achievement in Canada shows that if an Igbo man is elected as President in 2023, Nigeria will be transformed. He appealed to the Federal Government to stop marginalizing and victimizing the Igbos in the country so that their latent creative potentials could be harnessed for the good of all Nigerians.

Ohanaeze Ndigbo is highly honoured by the exploits of Kaycee Madu in far away Canada as an Igbo son. Mr Madu had contested and won a seat into the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the electoral district of Edmonton-South West from where he was appointed and sworn in as Minister of Justice and Solicitor General by the Premier of Alberta, Jason Kenney, on April 30, 2020.

On behalf of Ohanaeze Ndigbo Worldwide, I commend the sterling qualities of Mr Kaycee Madu, as well as other Igbo sons and daughters who have excelled so much outside the country, such as the recently appointed first black Vice Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University in the UK, Prof Charles Egbu, and many others.

The exploits of Igbo sons and daughters both within and outside the country are indices of the cerebral capability and ingenuity of the people which Nigeria could exploit to advance its development.

The Federal Government should stop marginalising and victimising the Igbo in the country so that the latent creative potentials could be harnessed for the good of all.

Nigeria would witness a turn around in her fortunes if a president of Igbo extraction was allowed to emerge in 2023. he said.

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Enugu Massacre: Nnamdi Kanu Plotting To Frustrate 2023 Igbo Presidency Because The Incident – Uwazuruike

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According to Chief Ralph Uwazurike, who is the leader of the Movement for the Actualization of Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) on Sunday, said, Nnamdi Kanu is plotting to used the Enugu incident to frustrate Igbo Presidency comes 2023 over the clash with his group, the Indigenous People of Biafra, IPOB, to destabilize Igbo ambition to become the next president.

Nnamdi Kanu plots to used Enugu incident to frustrate Igbo presidency- MASSOB
“What happened in Enugu on Sunday between IPOB and combined security forces of Nigeria was not a clash or a confrontation but a systematic plot, an act of terrorism, hatched and orchestrated by the presidency to inflict fear that will demoralize the surging rise, clamor, and support for Biafra and Nigerian president of Igbo extraction,” the group asserted.

Uche said, “The loose venom of pathological hatred by this present administration against Ndigbo and Christians in general on Sunday in Enugu further proved our earlier revelation of conspiracy and plot to push back the political emancipation of Ndigbo in Nigeria.

“It is a well-known fact that all pro-Biafra agitators including MASSOB, IPOB, EPC, BNYL, BIM, MOBIN, etc. are non-violent and do not use arms. It is also on record that none of these groups have indulged in any act of terrorism, violence, or killings.

 

 

 

“Why should the Nigerian police embark on a deceitful mission of blackmailing the peaceful and non-violent members of IPOB that they were engaged in firing spree with the agents of DSS that led to the combined team of Nigeria armed security forces to heavily descend on them in a war-like a scenario during their meeting at Emene, Enugu on Sunday which resulted on the death of innocent and defenseless citizens of Biafra?

“What happened in Enugu on Sunday between IPOB and combined security forces of Nigeria were not a clash or a confrontation but a systematic plot, an act of terrorism, hatched and orchestrated by the presidency to inflict fear that will demoralize the surging rise, clamor, and support for Biafra and Nigerian president of Igbo extraction.

“They fronted the DSS to provoke members of IPOB to an assault but IPOB members refused to fall into their trap, but because it was a designed mission that must be accomplished, the DSS opened fire on defenseless citizens, the police, army and Air Force immediately joined them in the brutality of IPOB members and terrorizing the inhabitants of Enugu City.

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