If truly we are one nation, the political class must respect the rule of zoning and relinquish power to the South-East come 2023. Since the advent of democratic governance, the Igbos have consistently been marginalised. It is only fair that we also give them the opportunity to rule.
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The persistent division in the country and the continued absence of the Igbo people in crucial decision making in the country over the years warrants that the agitation for an Igbo president in 2023 be carefully deliberated and acted on earnestly.” — Victor Alagbe, Engineer
“In the spirit of fairness, an Igbo presidency is long overdue. Other major ethnic groups in the country have rule the country since the return to civil rule in 1999. The agitation is apt in order to give every group a sense of belonging.” -Oluwole Fapohunda, Property Advisor
“The Constitution of Nigeria guarantees the right to vote and be voted for. Unfortunately various political parties have introduced tactics to deceive Nigerians. Why should some people sit in their comfort zone and determine the fate of Nigerians by telling us who should rule us?” — Bose Adeniji, Artist
Recall from what National President of the Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU) Chief Emeka Diwe, in an interview few months ago bared his mind on many topical issues, including the insecurity in the country and agitation for a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction, come 2023.
Why asked the renewed concept of town unionism in Igboland, Emeka Diwe said the town union matters so much to every real Igbo person. It is the truest manifestation of our genetic configuration of abiding republicanism. From the word go, the institution of the town union has been saddled with the responsibility of providing a credible and dependable structure for engendering development, peace and unity in all Igbo communities.
The consciousness to preserve this enviable heritage of the Igbo nation and accentuate the fulfilment of its objectives necessitated in the main, some level of interaction among all the town unions in the South East. So, as to create a platform for cross-fertilization of ideas, social mobilization, political education and peer review. Today, the brainchild of that consciousness is the Association of South East Town Unions (ASETU), which is a formidable coalescence of all the town unions in the South East.
Early this year Nigeria An apex Igbo socio-cultural organisation, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has planned to lead politicians, religious and traditional rulers and over 80 several other organisations in Igboland and Diaspora to a national dialogue in Enugu next month on the quest for a Nigerian president of South-East extraction in 2023.
Accoding to report, we learnt that the event, being put together by a socio-political advocacy group, South-East for President 2023 Movement (SEFORP 2023), is expected to make strong statement on why the Igbo should be allowed to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in line with existing principle of rotation of political offices.
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