Sanusi: Ohanaeze woos former Kano Emir to join campaign

Sanusi: Ohanaeze woos former Kano Emir to join campaign

The Ohanaeze Ndigbo World Wide, Youth Wing, on Sunday, October 3, urged the former Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to join in the political campaign of producing a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.

This call was made by the Acting National leader of the Ohanaeze Youth Wing, Onwuasoanya Jones, in Owerri, the Imo State capital.

This was in reaction to a statement credited to Lamido in which he said zoning the presidential ticket to a particular region would produce “two useless presidential candidates.”

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The Igbo group said it was not comfortable with Lamido’s comment which they said should not come at this time that it was clearly and fairly acceptable that the South East region should produce the next President of Nigeria.

Ohanaeze argued that Nigeria as a nation with diverse nationalities should be sensitive to the call for power rotation as well as power balancing.

The statement reads, “A former governor of Central Bank of Nigeria and former Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, is quoted to have faulted the idea of zoning presidential tickets to a particular section of the country in 2023, arguing that the arrangement may leave Nigeria with “two useless presidential candidates” in an apparent reference to a situation where the two major political Parties zone the Presidential tickets to a particular zone, which is not only the right thing but the best thing.

“Emir Sanusi is undoubtedly one of Nigeria’s most outspoken intellectuals; and a technocrat whose public service records are with minimal blemishes. Given his reputation as one of the few elites whose opinions on issues of national discourses most times; resonate with the masses and are on the path of truth; one expects Emir Sanusi to be a frontline campaigner for other sections of the country; to concede the presidency to the Igbo in 2023. This is not just fair, but moral, constitutional, and in the best interest of national healing and cohesion.

“On the surface of it, one could be persuaded by the eminent scholar’s argument; for merit and integrity to be considered above rotation and zoning; but, our peculiarities and history as a nation wouldn’t have to be jettisoned; just because it has got to the turn of the Igbos to produce the President of the country.

“Nigeria is a nation of diverse nationalities with strong and justifiable sensibilities to issues of power rotation; power balancing; and regional inclusion.

“I invite His Eminence and other eminent Nigerians of a good conscience; to join in this noble campaign for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction; as this is the surest guarantee for Nigeria’s survival and prosperity,” Ohanaeze said.

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