While the race for the 2023 presidency has continued to gather steam in the past few months, so many debates as to which region and ethnic nationality should produce the next President of Nigeria seems to have formed the major subject matter of political discussions within the country.
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In the southeast region of Nigeria, the Igbos who are predominant occupants, have demanded that the region produces Nigeria's next President. According to the propagators of this debate such as the Ohanaeze Ndigbo socio-political group, the Northern region has had a fair share of the country's most powerful seat, hence, it is a matter of equity and fairness that the Igbos also gets their share.
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However, in my opinion, this demand by the Igbos and the reason behind it, have loopholes that we haven't talked about. How do I mean?
In Nigeria, we have over 200 ethnic nationalities that make up the federation. Nevertheless, since the first democratic dispensation of Nigeria in 1999 till date, no Tiv man, Kanuri man, Idoma man, Anang man, Andoni man, or even Bashiri man has ever ruled Nigeria.
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Historically, only Yoruba(Olusegun Obasanjo), Fulani(Umaru Musa Yar'adua), Ijaw(Goodluck Jonathan), and Fulani (Muhammadu Buhari), has had an opportunity to rule Nigeria in this democratic dispensation.
Bearing the demands of the Igbos to govern Nigeria in 2023 in mind, does it mean that other tribes that are yet to rule, do not stand a chance as well?
You see, I'm not in any way saying that the Igbos don't have the right to demand an opportunity to rule a nation they are a part of, rather, all I'm asking is this, what will happen if other ethnic groups also start demanding to rule Nigeria as well?
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I think that as much as the Igbos are making their demands known, they should also have in mind that aside from them, there are also hundreds of ethnic groups that are yet to rule Nigeria, hence, they should not allow their interest to overrun the interest of other people who have as much stake as they (Igbos) do, in Nigeria.
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