By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The former Governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezife, has said that people of the South-East are desirous of taking the presidency of Nigeria in 2023 and they want to do everything necessary to get it.
In an interview he granted to the media, he said “If possible, they want to kneel down before the North, South-West, South-South and Middle-Belt; to beg them because of the importance of it. And we are uniting very fast.”
He said Igbo are united now for that goal, adding “We will make every necessary sacrifice to get it and I hope Nigerians will see that it is time for justice. It is time for justice, in fact, a new Nigeria is in the making and it will come so, it is time for justice.
On the angling by some politicians that powers should remain in the north, he said the North has dominated the presidency of Nigeria, while the West has got a fair share; and the South –South has got some.
“What offence did the South-East commit? Where is justice in that, that a major section of Nigeria cannot rule? I believe that everybody has the right to ambition. I mean equity, justice and fairness require that an Igbo should be next president of Nigeria.”
“Yes, I heard that statement from Prof Ango Abdullahi and Dr Junaid Muhammed that power should remain in the North for another 100 years. It is easy to say a thing like this.
“I am happy that some people in the North are not thinking that way. Indeed, some youth groups in the same North came to my house in the village to show support for Igbo presidency in 2023. I am grateful to them and I think we are getting close to a new Nigeria where people can think about fairness.
“Some young men came and told me what they think about the 2023 and the whole country. Recently, if you have been listening very closely to the ground you will know that there have been some actions in the Middle-Belt. They have even gone far to think about who should be the candidate. So, Nigeria is changing. A new Nigeria is in the making and God must be in charge”, he said.