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2023: Presidential appointee reveals Buhari's position on Igbo presidency

Dr Chidia Maduekwe, the director-general of the Nigeria Film Corporation (NFC), says President Muhammadu Buhari is not against the emergence of his successor from the southeast geopolitical zone.

PM News reported that Maduekwe said this during an interaction with newsmen in his Ohafia country home in Abia state.

He said it was mischievous for people to describe Buhari as a hater of the people of the southeast, arguing that the president’s political antecedent pointed to the contrary.

His words: “It is not true that President Muhammadu Buhari does not want a president of Igbo extraction, rather he is supportive of the cause."

Maduekwe noted that there is no way president Buhari will hate the Igbo people and in 2003 he picked late Chuba Okadigbo, an eminent Igbo man, as his presidential running mate.

The NFC boss said: “In 2007, he also selected another prominent Igbo man, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, as his running mate.

“It is possible that either of these two Igbo personalities could have succeeded him if Buhari was elected in 2003 or 2007."

He further said that the southeast had received a fair share of the president’s political appointments and distribution of development projects in the country.

Maduekwe added that many Igbo were already appointed into strategic offices by the president.

He cited the appointment of Senator Ifeanyi Ararume (Imo) as the chairman of the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), The Guardian also stated.

Just recently, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, had given one condition for the southeast geopolitical zone to produce president during the 2023 general elections.

Premium Times reports that Ngige said unless Igbo people support the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), their agitation for presidency in 2023 would continue to be a mirage.

It was gathered that the former governor of Anambra state added that nobody would offer the region the position of president on a platter of gold.

Ngige said while speaking in Anambra on Tuesday, September 17, that the region should stop “shouting marginalisation," adding that power is not given based on sentiment and emotion.

The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari has shown his commitment to the realisation of the Igbo presidency,stressing that the region should position itself to get it.

Meanwhile, the Northern Elders Forum has warned Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) against issuing any threat over the presidency.

The forum said this while reacting to PANDEF’s statement that the north should wait till 2031 before producing another president.

Vanguard reports that Dr Hakeem Baba Ahmed, NEF’s director of publicity and advocacy, warned that perhaps PANDEF and other groups have not been listening to the north when it stated that it shall not be threatened or intimidated by any group or region.

Ahmed said: “The truth of the matter is, whatever PANDEF says, no matter what any group says, the fundamental right of every citizen to elect his candidate and the rights of all political parties to choose candidates must be respected.

Between this legal provision and the exigencies of managing a plural and diverse nation, politicians should fill the vacuum by doing the serious work."

He advised PANDEF and other organisations to insist on a competent Nigerian who must run an inclusive administration that will integrate everybody into the process.

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