In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 31st, August, 2020

Why Igbos Cannot Get The Presidency 2023

Why Igbos Can't Get The Presidency 2023




Senator Alex Kadiri is a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress. He speaks with OSARETIN OSADEBAMWEN on the demand for Igbo Presidency in 2023 and the hurdles forward of that plan and why the minority teams within the nation will discover it troublesome to rule the nation.


AGAINST the allegation that the Northern institution is planning to retain energy within the North, the South-East is staking its proper to the presidency in 2023 going by the rotational association. Do you suppose the South-East deserves such consideration for 2023?


My perception is that energy can not stay within the North without end. Energy has resided within the North for too lengthy. Having stated that, I should be frank with you, you’re in my home. No one offers you energy. You go in the hunt for it and struggle for it similar to Abiola did. The late Chief Moshood Kashimawo Abiola had a long-term plan for the presidency. Individuals didn’t perceive him. He established Harmony Newspaper, put folks from completely different components of the nation in cost. That’s how Yakubu Mohammed grew to become the Editor of Harmony. Dele Giwa grew to become the Editor of Sunday Harmony, and so forth and so forth. If you’re pal of Abiola dwelling in Kano or Sokoto, Abiola will fly there if in case you have a naming ceremony despite the inconvenience and the unhealthy climate or he’ll ship a ram for the naming ceremony.


He established a soccer membership, the Abiola Babes and was principally funding the Nigerian Soccer Affiliation (NFA). So, his identify was being sung by the folks all by means of the nation by means of his acts of philanthropy, by means of acts of employment for individuals who received employment. There have been these he gave cash to ascertain their very own companies. He didn’t care if you’re Yoruba from Egba or Yoruba from Ekiti, or Fulani from Sokoto. He patronised most individuals within the nation. So when it was time for him to ask for the presidency, his job was simple. He even challenged Nigerians by selecting one other Muslim from Borno, Babagana Kingibe, as his working mate in a rustic the place we faux to be extra spiritual than the Pope. But, folks voted for him. I voted for him too.


Now, whether or not the presidency goes to the Igbo folks within the South or the Ijaw who’re additionally within the south or the Bini who’re additionally within the South, solely God is aware of. I hate this concept of individuals saying the presidency is now for the Igbo man. I used to be shocked man like Okwesilieze Nwodo, former chairman of a celebration just like the PDP, is saying that in the event that they don’t give the Igbo folks the presidency, he would ask Igbos to go and be part of Kanu in IPOB. That’s virtually a treasonable assertion.

Don’t you realize suppose his remark earns some benefit, given the South to North and North to South presidential shift since 1999, particularly when the South-South and South-West have produced presidents: Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Ebele Jonathan?


Look, I don’t know in case you watched the interview with late Samaila Isa Funtua on Channels Tv?  It should have been a recorded programme they confirmed after he died. And he stated issues that I imagine in. Any Igbo man who needs to be the president of Nigeria should come out and work for it.


No Igbo man goes to take a seat in Umuahia, Enugu or Awka and Nigerians would say, okay it’s your flip. When will it’s the flip of the Binis? As you realize, there are different tribes, very many, on this nation just like the Tivs. When will it’s the flip of those folks? These of us from the Center Belt, we’re starting to suppose that within the schemes of affairs, no one is considering of the Center Belt anymore as a result of we’re small tribes scattered far and wide.

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Some folks now really feel that perhaps the one means an Igala man or a Tiv man or a Berom man can ever ascend the management of this nation is thru the navy as a result of in the case of social gathering, no one takes us severely. The Igbo man believes that the Hausa Fulanis have held this place for too lengthy, the Yorubas too have used it however the Igbo man is the best enemy of himself.


Why is that?


They’re very disorganised. Are you aware that when Atiku Abubakar picked Peter Obi as his working mate within the final election, are you aware that Peter Obi couldn’t harvest votes from Igbo land to assist Atiku win the Presidency?   The criticism about Peter Obi within the South-East was very vociferous. Perhaps, as a result of the opposite folks have made a promise, as I learn someplace that that they had made a promise that the subsequent president of Nigeria goes to be an Igbo man. I don’t know what powers the president has by appointing anyone else from the South-East with out the individuals from the South-East combating for this place.


Let me let you know one thing that’s instructive: when Igbos within the North visited former President Ibrahim Babangida lately, he stated the Igbos are in each nooks and cranny of Nigeria. They need to use their presence in each village to community for votes along with the will to search for cash in these locations. What Abiola used his personal private wealth to attain, the Igbos who’re scattered throughout Nigeria can do it effortlessly in the event that they actually imply nicely for themselves. They’re not doing this.


What may very well be chargeable for this?


Properly, I don’t know. I’ve tried to have a look at it however I can not perceive it. My spouse is Igbo. So, I’ve nothing towards the Igbo folks. The actual fact of the matter is that they don’t imply nicely for themselves. Their republican and unrealistic strategy to points is just not serving to them, particularly in a fancy nation like Nigeria the place it’s good to community. Don’t wait till the month or the week of the yr of the election earlier than you begin making associates, hoping to be nominated.  Earlier than you possibly can develop into a presidential candidate a celebration should discipline you. Like Ismaila Funtua stated in that Channels TV interview, a celebration will discipline the candidates it believes might win election for it. It’s not nearly fielding Alex Kadiri as a result of I discuss an excessive amount of. How many individuals will vote for me? It would discipline anyone who can win votes from Sokoto, votes from Borno, Rivers, votes from Akwa Ibom, Ogun and so forth. That’s the one means. What number of Igbo politicians have that form of unfold proper now? They’re working again into their enclave, chanting that the 2023 Presidency is for the Igbo man. That’s wishful considering. I can’t see them with any power in APC. I can’t see them with any power PDP. APGA has been boxed into Anambra State.


Only a few days in the past, former Governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, stated that the management of the Igbo race has fallen on his shoulder and that of the Chief Whip of the Senate and former Abia State Governor, Orji Uzor Kalu. Which ones, in your estimation can garner votes from throughout Nigeria as you simply defined?


It’s one factor to be referred to as a person in politics. It’s one other factor to be preferred by folks in politics. Take Rochas, for instance, he has faculties right here and there. That’s good. Nevertheless, in case you meet some Igbo folks, they’ll let you know he can’t be the consultant of the Igbos. They’ve their causes. I don’t know. You’re taking Orji Kalu? Whether or not we prefer it or not, he has been to jail and has come out, not for political causes, do you get my level?

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Probably not…


In Pakistan, a lot of their presidents have been to jail and are available to develop into president later. They do it due to political causes. They don’t seem to be accused of something. I hope you possibly can see the distinction. A few of this folks have commas and full stops of their profiles. Why can’t we’ve got anyone who doesn’t have skeleton within the cabinet from the South-East? Somebody has talked about former governor of the Central Financial institution, Professor Chukwuma Soludo.  He’s a pleasant man, however the place is his political base, Nsukka, perhaps Awka? He’s not a politician. He’s a technocrat. He’s a professor. He’s an economist; for all these marks of excellence, I clap for him, (claps).  Any Igbo man who needs to be president of Nigeria together with Uzor Kalu, Okorocha, even Arthur Eze, their oga pata pata or Ifeanyi Ubah, all of them can not promote themselves even within the states the place they reside. That could be a problem they need to overcome.


Let me let you know a shaggy dog story, after we had been within the Senate, we zoned the Senate Presidency to the South-East. Evans Enwerem grew to become our president. There have been every kind of issues attributable to situation of certificates or no certificates, even on efficiency; we put him apart and picked Chuba Okadigbo. Intellectually sound, however he was sleeping on the job; we determined to take away Chuba. We had been now left within the Senate with Ifeanyi Araraume, Arthur Nzeribe and Adolphus Wabara, Nnamdi Oreagbuna and a few others, we had been confronted with these selections.


There was hardly anybody to select from as a result of when it’s good to know extra about every of them, go and meet their Igbo brothers. They know greater than you and I’ll ever learn about themselves. So this presidency that everyone is clamouring for, we’re heading in the identical path. Are Imo folks clapping for Rochas immediately? The Abia folks, are they clapping for Orji Uzor Kalu immediately? Anambra folks, are they clapping  for Ifeanyi Ubah? So, there are loads of issues they’ve to return residence to kind themselves out first. Those which have good names and credibility outdoors haven’t any political tripod on which to face like I simply talked about, Chukwuma Soludo. That’s the downside. So, to say that the Igbo man should develop into president… who is that this Igbo man that may develop into president, and underneath which political social gathering?


Are you saying it’s not doable for the Igbo man to be president in 2023?


I can’t see the best way by means of. You inform me how? As I simply talked about to you, there isn’t a critical Igbo man in APC. There may be Ogbonnaya Onu, Hope Uzodinma however the one particular person to me is Chris Ngige. He’s the one which has the expertise; he has been a governor, a senator and now he’s a minister. So by way of expertise, he has it however has he received the backing at residence? These are the problems. Any individual might drop from America or from Europe or India that we don’t know but.


You didn’t point out Moghalu in your listing of South-East Presidential materials


His case is sort of the identical as that of Soludo.


Are you saying that no different political social gathering can produce a president outdoors the APC and the PDP?


It’s doable. You noticed Ghali Na’Abba, Bugaje, and so forth floating a motion now. Usually, once they begin this type of factor, they used to tell me. However do you see any Igbo man there? Have you ever heard of any critical Igbo man of their midst? That entrance is principally being pushed by folks of Northern extraction who’ve fallen out of favour with the present folks in energy. Quote me.

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Do you suppose they are going to be related politically in 2023?


Properly, with the best way issues are going on this nation, if they’re able to play their playing cards nicely, by constructing a celebration just like the Chinese language, which they stated is what they’re making an attempt to do… I’ve heard Bugaje’s place paper, they’re constructing from cities and wards. If this factor works and isn’t sabotaged by the powers that be, if it sails by means of, which may be a profitable outing for everyone. As they’re molding this factor now, I don’t see any critical Igbo particular person collaborating proper now. Can they end what they’re doing now and since they wish to deliver Nigeria collectively, go and search for anyone who’s unknown and provides it to him to develop into president? It isn’t doable. It’s by no means executed in any nation.


What’s your trustworthy recommendation for the Igbo nation?


What they should do is to widen the scope of their political participation. This mentality of I’m richer than you is what’s killing them and that has led to many sections of this nation hating them. You wish to be richer than your neighbour, cash on a regular basis. If they’ll unfold out their internet, catch extra fishes, when the time comes, folks would now have a look at the characters concerned and make a alternative.  When Dr. Alex Ekwueme was the vice-president, despite all criticisms about Igbo folks, no one may level accusing finger at him. No one that I do know appeared within the media to say Alex Ekwueme is a corrupt particular person.  Can anyone like that come out of the South-East? That is the difficulty. However due to their pursuit of cash, they achieve this many issues and folks have doubts about them.


For the Igbo folks to aspire to be president of Nigeria, they need to unfold out, make associates from different locations, not simply making a living from Nguru, Sokoto, or Idah. The place they make this cash, what’s their relationship with the host group? The cash they’re making must also function good avenues to draw votes for the Igbo man. Once more, since we’re practising democracy, the Igbo man who needs to be president should belong to a celebration that’s prone to win an election. No social gathering will put up a candidate that it feels might not win any election. It is so simple as that.  I want a lady like Ngozi Okonjo Iweala had been a politician. At the least Nigerians now know who she is; she has proven us her price and she or he is a worthy particular person throughout the globe; she wants no introduction. She might not have the funds to play the kind of politics we play in Nigeria now, but when that sort of particular person can stand out among the many Igbos, it received’t matter whether or not she is Asaba Igbo, Ika Igbo or Orlu Igbo no matter. When the chips are down from these identical Igbo folks, you begin listening to from them issues that you wouldn’t wish to hear a second time: who’s correct Igbo or who’s an Osu and so forth?  Such divisiveness at a time while you would wish them to tug their power collectively! I fear for them. No human lifeless or alive can take the presidency of Nigeria and provides it to the Igbo man. The Igbo man should discover area within the present events or if he can type his personal and appeal to membership to have the ability to marketing campaign and win election.


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