"Nigeria Will Breakup If A Northerner Becomes President In 2023!" Right Or Wrong?
Jun. 26, 2020
Source: Sahara Reporters
As clouds continue to gather daily in anticipation of the 2023 general elections, a lot of ethnic sentiments have begun to play out. Northern groups such as the Arewa Youth Consultative Forum have hinted that the north will retain power in 2023. Southeast political leaders have made no pretenses in their calls for an Igbo presidency in 2023.
In an interview granted with Sahara Reporters, the former governor of old Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife says that Nigeria would break up if a northerner becomes president in 2023. He urged the two dominant parties in Nigeria, APC and PDP to field in a Southeast candidate for the 2023 elections.
Source: Information Nigeria
Hear him: "I have heard about northern interest in this. The north likes Nigeria to survive because if they want to go again, it means they want to break the country completely. If they come out seriously, unfortunately, they will break the country immediately."
This is coming a few days after another former governor of old Anambra state, Jim Nwobodo said that the southeast deserves a shot at presidency in 2023. He said, "2023 will be the turn of southeast to produce the Nigerian president. So, I am calling on other parts of the country to support the project for the interest of justice, equity, and fair play.
"The southeast geo-political zone of the country deserves to produce the next president who will succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in the next political dispensation.”
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The rule of thumb for presidency has always been by zoning. However, that was affected by the death of President Umaru Musa Yar'Adua which led to the emergence of his vice, Goodluck Jonathan as president.
Since the return of democracy in 1999, we have never had an Igbo president. The closest we've had is Goodluck Jonathan who hails from the South-South. The feeling of marginalisation has never been this real among Southeasters.
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Source: Enuko Nigeria
Biafran agitations have increased in the past few years with groups such as IPOB and MASSOB. Without denial, the Southeast region deserves a shot at presidency for the sake of fair play, inclusivity, and justice. Denying the Southeast a chance in 2023 will simply increase the bad blood the Igbos have for Nigeria already.
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