By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau
To ensure an enduring peace and progress in Nigeria, there must also be equity and justice to all citizens of the country
Speaking Tuesday on Channels Television breakfast programme ‘Sunrise Daily’, Nwodo revealed that the two demands of the South East region going forward are the realization of Igbo Presidency in 2023 and Restructuring of the Federation.
According to the former Federal Minister of Aviation and Information respectively, the South East demands that the region be allowed to produce the Nigerian President of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Said he, “Ndigbo should be given the chance to produce the next President of Nigeria in 2023 for the sake of equity, fairness and justice. An Igbo President will help Nigeria to regain her rightful leadership position in the comity of nations. It will also ensure Nigeria remains a strong indivisible entity”.
Nwodo regretted that Ndigbo has not been treated fairly in the country hence he is advocating for the restructuring of the federation, pointing out that “restructuring our Federation is not a Southern Nigeria Agenda”.
“The present government of All Progressives Congress (APC) came to power with the promise of restructuring Nigeria. And this led to the party setting up a Restructuring Committee headed by Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state but unfortunately nothing has been heard again about it hence I stand for restructuring of the Federation to save Nigeria from disintegration”, Ohanaeze Ndigbo chieftain insisted.
On the fears expressed by many in Nigeria that an Igbo Presidency will lead to Ndigbo separating from Nigeria to form their own country, Nwodo dismissed it with a wave of hand, saying that Ndigbo are great believers in one strong Nigeria.
Reacting to the recent #EndSARS protests which jolted the country, Nwodo said: “FG has not reacted to #EndSARS protests reasonably, unfortunately”.