We’re the first son of Nigeria, IWU PG backs 2023 S/E presidential ambition
The President general, Igbo World Union, Sir Mishak Nnanta, has maintained that though the Southeast support for former President Goodluck Jonathan may have boomeranged, it shouldn’t for any reason weaken the people’s quest for the office of the presidency in 2023.
Nnanta who spoke with a cross section of Journalists in his Ikiri agu palace in Umuajata-Olokoro, Umuahia South L.G.A of Abia State however added that it would amount to serious marginalisation to deny them theopportunity after the Yoruba, Hausa/Fulani, andIjaw have taken shots at it.
He maintained that Ndi Igbo would not be better off if they quit Nigeria, and urged separatist agitators in the Southeast to have a rethink on the issue.
Nnanta who also noted that the agitators had right of expression if they had reasons for it but however said their departure either through armed struggle or peaceful negotiation would amount to leaving a country which they had over the years contributed immensely to its general development.
Nnanta blamed successive administrations in the country for creating the situation for the agitations through marginalization and lack of presence, as he put it, “It is an open secret that the zone has for now been the most marginalised in the country in terms of infrastructure development, employment opportunities, and political appointments”.
Insisting that addressing the challenges would go a long way to reducing agitations and political tension in the zone, he restated his “strong and undiminished belief that the country has limitless bright future for every citizens.”
Gburugburu Ndi Igbo dum threw his weight behind the zone’s quest to produce the president of the country in 2023, saying such concession would further address their cry of marginalization, especially since 1999.
In the same manner, Nd’Igbo should themselves define the quest as a collective project of theirs. They should start by reaching out to their people in the Diaspora and other zones to seek their support. As they say, a tree can’t make a forest,” he added.