NewsNigeria ElectionsPolitics‘Igbo President is an Idea Whose Time has Come’ – Amb. Prof. George Obiozor

The President-General of Ohaneze Ndi-Igbo has said that in 2023, Nigeria should have a President of Igbo extraction because the argument for the Igbo president is an idea whose time has come. “Definitely, the idea of a Nigerian President from Igbo land is an idea whose time has come. It is politically and morally justifiable”, Prof. Obiozor has said.

Speaking on Channels TV political programme, the erudite professor and current President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo insisted that the next President of Nigeria ought to be an Igbo man from the Southeast region because it is going to be of benefit to Nigeria as a sovereign state made up of different ethnic nationalities.

“As a matter of fact, it is important that at this time in the history of Nigeria, we will take reasonable decisions in order to heal the nation, give sense of belonging, stop the bickering… that’s what the President of Nigeria from Southeast will give to Nigeria,” Amb. Obiozor said.

With a few months away from the full commencement of politicking towards who becomes the next Nigerian president, a lot of players have declared their intention to contest, including Prof. Kingsley Moghalu, a distinguished Central Banker and global leader, the leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the governor of Ebonyi state, Engr. David Umahi, Sen. Orji Uzor Kalu, among others. However, many people are still wondering if the Southeast is truly ready for the 2023 presidential contest.

Reacting to this concern, Prof. Obiozor noted emphatically that the Southeast is ready. “We in Igbo land are ready to give you candidates that are competent, nationalistic, with capacity to perform. Indeed, we are ready,” Obiozor declares.

On the question of the unity of political purpose, Obiozor regretted that it is only when it concerns Igbo people that Nigerians suddenly remember unity. ‘Which people were united before they got the presidency’? He queried. “The whole idea of accusing Igbos of not being united is a gimmick and a frivolous criticism,” he adjudged.

In the coming days and weeks, perhaps, months, it is expected that more people from the Southeast will declare their intention to contest for president in 2023. The PDP and APC are still expected to be the big players, but a possible magical entrant of a third force that will fly Prof. Kingsley Moghalu is expected to destabilize the overconfidence exuded by the two dominant political parties. Perhaps, there might be some surprises with the third force. What is not yet known is if Nigerians have made up their minds to pave a new direction for the country’s political leadership with their choice of President in 2023.

Ebuka Onyekwelu (Staff Writer)
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