Enyinnaya Abaribe, minority leader of the senate, on Wednesday, November 18, revealed it is non-negotiable for an Igbo person to become Nigeria’s next president.
Abaribe made this assertion in Imo when he was presented with a Legacy Merit award.
Specifically, the award was presented by the state chapter of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ). Abaribe, who was represented at the event by Chijioke Ukoh, one of his aides; added that he would continue to advocate for fairness for the south-east.
He said not continuing with such advocacy would subject the Igbo to “second class citizens.”
He was also quoted as telling the Igbo to “remain firm and resolute” notwithstanding the challenges facing the region; as well as allegations of marginalisation.
The comment comes amid the growing clamour from South-East leaders for an Igbo to become president after the 2023 elections.
1st News had reported Ohanaeze 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.”
Meanwhile, former Imo State Governor, Sen. Rochas Okorocha, has warned Governor Hope Uzodinma to stop the destruction of projects and legacies he left in the state and should fight him directly.
Okorocha made this assertion in response to the demolition of the Somtochukwu Hospital built during his administration.
According to the Senator, Uzodinma should separate Imo assets from their personal fights; even as he noted that the projects are meant for the people.
“My key projects are left to rot in Imo. My heart bleeds over the present demolition of Somto Hospital. Fight me alone, don’t fight the people of Imo state.
“Why do you fight the properties of the Imo state government? A fight against Rochas Okorocha must be separated from that of Imo state assets,” said Okorocha; who is now the Senator representing Imo West Senatorial District.