In order to ensure that the next Nigerian president is of Igbo extraction, a group from the southeast region, World Igbo People’s Assembly (WIPAS) has declared its intention to raise the sum of N500bn towards the realising the ambition.
The group in a statement through its spokesperson, Emeka Nwachukwu said WIPAS had begun consultation with Igbo leaders and Nigerians across the world with the hope of achieving its plan in 2023, The Nation reported.
He said the project of pushing for a president of Igbo extraction would be cost-intensive, but expressed the confidence that people of the southeast and some Nigerians would contribute to funding the project
Nwachukwu stated that it was long overdue for the Igbos to produce a president of Nigeria.
He said the group was pleased that some prominent Nigerians are now supporting the cause of a president of Igbo extraction in 2023.
Meanwhile, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria has said people of the southeast are interested in producing the president in 2023 and not the pursuit of a sovereign state.
The president of the Anambra chapter of the group, Chief Damian Okeke-Ogene made the statement on Tuesday, August 11, when speaking with reporters after the group’s meeting.
He stated that the leadership of Ohanaeze was focused on getting a president from the southeast region, The Nation reported.
According to Okeke-Ogene, Ohanaeze has not mandated anyone or any group to pursue the actualisation of the sovereign state of Biafra.
He explained that Igbo youth who were agitating for Biafra are only doing so because of the gross marginalisation of the zone.
In another news report, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has said that the southern part of the country should produce Nigeria’s next president.
The Kaduna made the statement on Saturday, August 8, in an interview with the BBC Hausa service, Premium Times reported.
El-Rufai said he does not support the idea that a northerner should contest for the seat after President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure.
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