The South Eastern region of the federal republic of Nigeria in its entirety has unanimously resisted the long endured marginalisation and insisted on producing the president in the 2023 general elections.
It would be recalled vividly that by the year 2023, Nigeria will have attained her 63years of existing as an independent body but regrettably, the Igbo man has never for one year tested the seat of presidency.
The South East region which comprises the Igbo man has overtime been relegated to the background as he has never presided over the affairs of the country unlike her counterpart regions that have on many occasions produced presidents.
Speaking at the official official flag off of Abia state chapter of the movement, South East For Presidency, 2023, (SE4P), held over the week, at Abia hotel, in Umuahia, the states capital, the state Coordinator, Hon. Mrs. Precious Kalu bemoaned the denial of the Igbo man to occupy the executive seat of the country.
Hon. Precious explained that what was experienced during the time of Nnamdi Azikiwe was ceremonial president, stressing “but no Igbo man has occupied the executive position of Nigeria”.
“And that is why we are saying that what is good for other regions is also for us because the Igbos were parts and parcels of Nigeria’s independence and as such should not be kept aside because we’re major stakeholders and so what is due to us should be given to us just like others”.
Hon. Chikezie Nkemdirim, Coordinator, South East for president 2023, Imo state chapter, in his remarks pointed out that Igbo man remained the only real Nigerian, who according to him, believes in the progress and unity of the country.
He, however, regretted that that the Igbo race had suffered marginalisation since independence, as he called for the rotation of power such that an Igbo man could become the president of the federal republic of Nigeria.
His words: “we have been marginalized but for equity, fairness and justice to take place in Nigeria, the Igbo man must be recognized and given room to become the executive leader of the country called Nigeria. We have started the sensitisation process in Ebony, Anambra, Imo state has taken their turn and today is for Abia state and we shall do that also Enugu, Abuja”.
Also, Kennedy Ogba, Coordinator, Ebony Zone has this to say:
“It’s an obvious truth that the Igbo man has over the years been marginalized in the country called Nigeria. By 2023, it will be 63years of Nigeria’s independence and we are of the opinion that after 63years, the executive presidency should rotate to the only zone that has never tested that office”.
Ebony Zone coordinator, amidst bitterness recalled that all other zones in the country, in the exception of the Igbo race had had a test of the office of the presidency, adding “some twice, some three times but South East has not stepped feet into the executive office of Nigeria”, he wailed.
Expressing his feelings to the I’ll treatment, he said: “no body feels happy sitting on top of injustice. When you are being unjustly treated, you won’t feel happy and Nigeria is not feeling good generally because they’re suppressing the South East.
“Until they allow the South East have a slot at the presidency they should not expect everything to be rosy because it is injustice and development cannot thrive where to there is injustice. It’s only when there is justice that development, peace, harmony and security will be in place”.
On whether denial of the presidential seat instigate the spirit of Biafra in every existing Igbo man, he said:
“We’re not to threatening anyone, we are not talking about a second option than that an Igbo man be allowed to become president, there is no option B for us”, he maintained.