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Enugu: How Igbo leaders failed to discuss Igbo 2023 presidential ambitions in Enugu

Last Tuesday saw the Igbo leaders and the South East Governors meeting in Enugu to discuss the end of the sit-at-home regime, the end of unknown gunmen attacks, and the Igbo presidential chances in 2023, since they are the only region in the South without a civilian president since the return of democracy in 1999.

The meeting was held between the Governors of the East, the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo, church leaders etc. In this kind of gathering, the political leaders are always the prominent actors since it was a political gathering and not a religious issue. Before the meeting, the southern Governors' meeting had been held in Enugu with only the host Governor of Enugu in attendance. Other governors were nowhere to be found.

The last meeting was an opportunity for the South East leaders to declare their stand concerning the 2023 presidential election. The South has declared that they are going to produce the next president of Nigeria. For the South East, they stand the chance of getting the southern President slot if they are able to manage the opportunity. Many Igbo citizens are tired of being treated as second-class citizens in Nigeria, prompting some impatient youths to engage in seccession activities.

The South East houses an estimated 40 million citizens in Nigeria, and should not be seen as a minority in a country of about 200 million citizens. The Enugu meeting lasted and ended with a communique that was read to bring to the notice of the people what the agenda was and the decisions reached regarding the meeting. After the press release, it was discovered that there was no serious agenda treated in the meeting. Worse still, the issue of the 2023 presidential election was not mentioned, meaning that the leaders didn't even remember that there was an election coming, and that it's the Igbo turn to produce the next president of Nigeria.

How can Igbos become president if they are unable to debate the issue and make a public declaration of their position to Nigerians? The northern elders forum had said that power could return to the north. The northern governors have said the same. Atiku Abubakar has said so. In the midst of all this, the Igbos are doing nothing, but they are waiting until it's election year and they will be running from pillar to post, issuing threat statements on what they would do if they are not allowed to produce the next president of Nigeria. None of these threats has ever been carried out. Igbo youths and citizens are tired of the people who parade themselves as Igbo leaders and governors without a clear vision of what to do to better the lives of the over 40 million people from the East.

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