Nigeria’s minority Senate leader, Enyinnaya Abariabe, has reintroduced the submission of many of the country’s south-eastern leaders with regards to the 2023 presidency.
According to minority leaders, it is non-negotiable for the Igbo to become Nigeria’s next president. He also said that not continuing with such activism would expose Igbo to “second-class people.”
He also advised the Igbo people in the country to remain “strong and determined” considering the problems facing the region and the accusation of marginalisation.
The statement comes in the midst of the rising clamour of the leaders of the south-east to make Igbo the president of the 2023 elections.
Ohanaeze Ndigbo, the apex socio-cultural organisation in the south-east, had 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.”