President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo and former Minister of Information, Dr John Nwodo, has said it is the turn of the Igbo to produce the president of Nigeria in 2023, warning that anybody plotting to deny the Igbo the slot will be throwing the country into chaos.
Nwodo said an Igbo presidency after the expiry of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term is “incontestable, if there must be justice and fairness in the system.”
Speaking in a Sunday Tribune interview, Nwodo asked all political parties in the country to look in the direction of the South-East while shopping for presidential candidates in the next general election.
“It is undoubtedly the turn of the Igbo to run for president in 2023 under the present constitution. Anybody who denies this fact is deliberately throwing the country into chaos.
“It is incontestable and if there must be justice and fairness in the system, it must be the turn of the Igbo and I implore all political parties to take cognizance of this fact,” he said. (Read the full interview on pages 24 and 25).
In a related development, Yoruba leader and emeritus Professor of History, Professor Banji Akintoye, has said that the break-up of Nigeria is only a matter of time unless something urgent was done.
Professor Akintoye spoke in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital, on Saturday, while featuring on Political Circuit, a live interview programme on Fresh F.M. radio station.
“Some foreign powers came and created an empire and gathered a number of nationalities together and gave them a single government. Nigeria is an empire comprising many nationalities. In the history of the world, every empire breaks up and the nationalities remain.
“Historians think that the reason for this is that swallowing nationalities together in the belly of one empire is too much. The empire will suffer indigestion and finally break up. That is a fundamental thing.