Nigeria’s Senate minority leader, Enyinnaya Abariabe, has reintroduced the submission of many of the country’s south-east leaders in the country with regards to the 2023 presidency.
According to minority leaders, it is not negotiable for Igbo to become Nigeria’s next president. He also said that not continuing to do so would subject the Igbo to “second-class people.”
He also advised the Igbo people in the country to remain firm and committed” considering the problems facing the region and the accusation of marginalisation.
The statement comes in the midst of the rising clamour of south-eastern leaders for Igbo to become president in the 2023 elections.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organisation in the south-east, had recently made a similar case, saying that Nigeria will be transformed if the next president comes from the south-east.
“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,” Nnia Nwodo, the group’s president-general, had said.
“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.”