The Ohanaeze Ndigbo at the weekend made a fresh pitch for a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
The main socio-cultural group of Ndigbo, rising from a meeting of its Elders’ Council in Owerri, the Imo State capital, also insisted on the restructuring of the country to ensure fairness, equity and harmonious co-existence.
The council, under the leadership of Prof. George Obiozor, in a communiqué, mandated the group’s President-General to collaborate with other stakeholders to make the Igbo presidency a reality in 2023.
The council stated that the Igbo agenda could only be achieved in consultation with other ethnic nationalities. The elders urged qualified Igbo to show interest in the 2023 presidential race.
The group stressed the need for different components of Nigeria to unite and hold dialogue on the country’s future.
Highlighting the points in the communiqué, Obiozor called for a national dialogue on the political, economic, social and cultural structure of Nigeria vis-a-vis the challenges facing the country.
The communiqué also highlighted the worsening insecurity that’s giving many people concern and mandated the Ohanaeze Ndigbo leadership to work in close consultations with state governments in Igboland to fashion out ways of protecting the Igbo.
The council stated that Igboland needs a security outfit to address issues peculiar to the people and to support efforts of the federal government.
It frowned upon the current situation whereby the Igbo resident in other parts of Nigeria have become easy targets and guinea-pigs during hostilities, both within the country and even in some parts of Africa like Ghana and South Africa.