2023 Presidential election is around the corner and different regions are making moves to clinch the number one position in the country. Amongst the regions that are seriously working hard for the Presidency is the South-East which is predominantly occupied by the Igbos.
As the Igbo nation is clamouring for presidency in 2023, there are groups within them that want a secession from Nigeria. The Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB )and the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB ) are at the forefront of the agitation for a separate nation. While MASSOB is taking the non-violent approach in achieving its aims, IPOB has been belligerent which led to its proscription by the Nigerian government.
Recently, the Governor of Kaduna state, Nasir El-Rufai made a statement that it is not possible for the Igbo to get presidency by threatening secession. El-Rufai while speaking during a webinar organised by the Africa Leadership Group said though the presidency would come to the southern part of Nigeria, that the south-east shouldn’t depend on getting it by threatening to pull out of the nation.
He said it is a political process and that the Igbos would have to engage other parts of Nigeria and convince them to support their agenda. El-Rufai further said that former president Goodluck Jonathan from Niger Delta and President Muhammadu Buhari from the north won the position because they engaged other parts of the nation.
The Igbo apex sociopolitical group, Ohanaeze Ndigbo reacting to the comment made by El-Rufai, said that the Igbo presidency would put an end to the agitation for Biafra. The Chidi Ibe led Ohanaeze Ndigbo in a statement said the Igbo is not the only ethnic group demanding a secession that the Yorubas and the Middle Beltans are also waving flags for separation.
The group further said that Nigerians voted for Olusegun Obasanjo, a Yoruba, because of the injustice meted against MKO Abiola and that Goodluck Jonathan was brought to presidency because of the Niger Delta struggles.
While many are of the opinion that the Igbo presidency will bring about equity and justice in the land, others believe that an Igbo man becoming president will divide the nation further.
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