A group, The Igbo Conscience (TIC), has urged Nigerians to support the Igbo’s quest for the presidency in 2023.
Its Protem Chairman, Monday Ubani, said the Igbo would vie for the presidency when the North exhausts its term in 2023.
Ubani said the debate on the Igbo presidency is healthy and inspiring.
He said: “We note the renewed debate for a President of Igbo extraction in Nigeria and welcome the debate as a healthy aspect of Nigerian democracy.
“We see nothing wrong in the debate especially as it aims to assuage the desires of Igbo to lead a country they have made very great contributions to develop.
“TIC commends all those who have contributed to the debate thus far and observes that there is unanimity of opinion that Igbo deserve the Nigerian presidency, especially as the presidency has gone round the respective zones in Nigeria.”
Ubani said TIC will not align itself with those who believe that Igbo should take a shot at the Presidency in 2019, stressing that such view was not strategically grounded.
He said the Igbo presidency must enjoy the overwhelming support of Nigerians across the country, stressing that it was not a project that could be achieved in isolation.
“We therefore, fully align ourselves with the widespread view that Igbo should get the presidency in 2023.
“We believe that the presidency is for every Nigerian to give and an Igbo presidency should be a broad and all-encompassing project. It must involve all sections, tribes, religions in Nigeria and not for only Igbo to realise.
“TIC therefore, calls on Igbo leaders; politicians, traditional rulers, religious leaders, civil society groups, market women and grassroots organisations to direct their actions and conducts towards creating enabling factors that will facilitate Igbo presidency in 2023.”
Ubani urged the Southeast to start organising itself into a formidable bloc, adding that it also build bridges across the Niger to make its dream a reality.
He explained that power was never given on a platter of gold, calling on well meaning Nigerians from the catchment area to develop the political will and temperament that will ensure the success of the campaign.
Ubani stressed: “We task Igbo to start organising themselves into a serious and formidable political bloc, start building critical bridges of understanding with other sections of the country and engage in strategic political alignments.
“We warn Igbo that, inasmuch as there is an understanding for power to go round, power is not given on a platter of gold. So, we must all direct our focus towards earning the trust, confidence and understanding of other Nigerians en-route 2023 because these are vital steps towards the realisation of the Igbo presidency project.”