Gift Joseph Okpakorese
The race for the seat of the President is gradually heating up from all corners of the federation as several prominent personalities and stakeholders are already laying claims to the highly esteemed position.
According to reports making the rounds, some persons believe strongly that it is time for certain regions of the country to have access to power or better still, assume the position of leadership of the nation.
The agitation is a result of the fact that many of those clamouring for a change in power feel monopolized and frozen from the scheme of things, with regards to major positions in the country.
Just recently, the president-general of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, remarked that, after a careful evaluation of the past few years and the way things had panned out, it has decided it’s now time for an Igbo presidency and that this has become a key program of the group as the 2023 general elections draws closer.
These remarks were made by the Igbo leader on Tuesday 13th April 2021, while being hosted on a program by one of Nigeria’s popular TV stations, Arise TV.
He continued, insisting that it is time for a drastic change in the nation’s leadership, the reins of power needs to be shifted from its usual handlers as the situation of things right now don’t seem to be getting any better. For him, the time is right for the Igbos to take charge. He went on to state that, the Ohanaeze Ndigbo group is willing to go the extra mile to dialogue and collaborate with other regions to guarantee that the plan comes to fulfillment.
“We support Igbo president with open arms. It is the most important thing that will happen to Igbos. Finally, it is our turn. And we are going to work it so hard,” Obiozor said
“We will talk to other parts of Nigeria to give us a chance. Because it is right, reasonable, deserving, and timely. It is wonderful to consider it done by this time. Igbo presidency is our agenda.”
The Igbo mouthpiece, however, noted that it is not all members of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), that are striving to break away from Nigeria. According to him, some members of the group are only interested in drawing the attention of the general public to the marginalization and denial that the Igbos have endured in the past.
“Who told you all the people in IPOB want secession? They want justice. Just like the rest of Igbos”, Obiozor said.
“They want the country’s attention to the relative deprivation that Igbos are facing; to the glass ceilings that prevent Igbos from certain goals within their own country. That’s what IPOB and Biafra people are talking about.”