2023 Presidency: Ex-Lawmaker Reveals What Igbos Must Do

2023 Presidency: Ex-Lawmaker Reveals What Igbos Must Do

Buhari in a meeting with southeast governors and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu. File Photo credit: State House

Former Senator representing Abia Central Chris Adighije has said that a Nigerian from Nigeria’s South-East region is in a good position to replace President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.

But Adighije said that in order to achieve this, the people of the region must negotiate with fellow Nigerians from South-West.

“I have used the word strategy. It will not be strategic for me at this point to say whether we are going to meet or not,” he told The sun.

“It’s part of the strategy I am talking about. You can’t get anything without negotiation.

“You have to negotiate with other regions of the country. Before we go into that negotiation, you have to put your house in order.

“Many people think that it is impossible for the South East to put its house in order. But that statement lacks merits. That’s not true. I know that Igbo are resourceful.

“The only thing the Igbo won’t accept is for them to be underrated. Don’t underrate the South East.

“Anybody doing that is doing it at his or her own peril. At the appropriate time, our strategy will become clearer.

“Igbo has its own style of politics. We are mature people and we have produced people like Nnamdi Azikiwe, Michael Okpara and others.

“So, we can’t say South Easterners don’t play politics. There is a need for reorientation and plan in view of the fact that the South-East was hitherto the majority. We are now becoming a minority.

“We have to reorganize our strategy and approach to national issues. We need to demonstrate this with this issue between Kalu and Ohaubunwa.

“We should think about this strategy, come together and talk to individuals. Let people understand where we are coming from. This will also affect other issues and positions in the future.

“We need to begin to talk to ourselves. We are becoming an endangered region. We have the least number of states.

“There is no way we can balance up with the way we are going. We need to stand for ourselves as a people. Politics is a game of power and we need to plan.

“We must try and do the right thing. So, if you want to quote me, let it be on record that I said the South East needs to re-strategize.”

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Babatunde Adedayo Oluwafunmilayo is a Mass Communication graduate of Nigerian Institute of Journalism (NIJ). She is also an Associate Member of Nigeria Institute of Public Relations (NIPR). Adedayo loves writing motivational stories and poetry.

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