Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Ex-Aviation Minister of the first and second republic, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi, former Women Affairs Minister Iyom Josephine Anenih and a host of other Nigerians at home and in the diaspora have unanimously endorsed the global movement for Igbo presidency in 2023.
They concurred at the world press conference held at Chief Mbazuluike’s country home Ukpor, Nnewi-South local government area of Anambra state, that the need for a Nigerian president of southeast extraction was long overdue and equity demanded that it was the turn of the southeast geo-political zone to produce the next president.
The Ex-Aviation Minister and elder statesman who gave his full backing to the quest for an Igbo president in 2023, said Ndigbo must form a united front devoid of sabotage, if they must actualise the Igbo presidency project. He said it was a noble cause as well as achievable but there must be unity of purpose amongst Ndigbo.
During her speech, the former Women Affairs Minister, Iyom Josephine Anenih, observed that Ndigbo seemed to have brought up the rear in the political history of the country. She said Ndigbo were more patriotic and believed very strongly in one Nigeria because of their industry and proficiency for economic development wherever they were across the country.
Anenih also observed that the southeast region had been disenfranchised from the presidency for too long and that it would only be in tandem with equity, natural justice and good conscience, if a Nigerian president of southeast extraction emerged in 2023.
She explained that she was part of the global movement for Igbo president because of the intentions of some non-Igbo Nigerians whom she said were intrepid enough to boldly speak up that the southeast geo-political zone must believe that they were part and parcel of the Nigerian federation.
The ex-Women Affairs Minister maintained that only the Igbo man truly believed in Nigeria and that in spite of provocations, he still believes in one Nigeria. She said Ndigbo wanted a Nigerian president of southeast extraction and that they were consulting widely to ensure that an Igbo man becomes the next Nigerian president; that anything to the contrary, there may be no Nigeria in 2023.
The social crusader and convener of the Global Movement for Igbo Presidency, comrade Eddy Iyere, said there was no going back in the demand for an Igbo president in 2023. He said the die is cast and every lawful means would be deployed to champion the cause for Igbo presidency, where every Nigerian child would be given hope for a better and brighter future.
Other speakers who contributed to the discussion on the Igbo presidency project, established that other geo-political zones of the country have had their fair share of the presidency and that it is unarguably the turn of the southeast region to ascend the presidency to change the narratives.
A governorship hopeful, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, who was part of the solidarity world press conference, said equity demanded that an Igbo man of the southeast region should be the next Nigerian president.
Ozigbo also advised that unity of purpose was non-negotiable for such laudable project to succeed but emphasized that what was most paramount was that Ndigbo should eschew all forms of sabotage and impediments that might cause a clog in the wheels of the Igbo presidency project in 2023.