…Call on South East to queue behind Kalu, Okorocha
From: Godwin Tsa, Abuja
A Northern political group has called on other regions in
the country to support the emergen
cy of an Igbo president come 2023 in
the interest of equity, fairness and justice.
The group has, however, called on the people of the South
East not to play politics of exclusion, but pull themselves together and
queue behind a former Governor of Abia State, Dr. Orji Kalu ,and
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State, in order to actualise the Igbo
Presidency by 2023.
The group, Northern Front for Justice and Equity (NFJE),
lamented that 47 years after former Gen. Yakubu Gowon (rtd) declared ‘No
victor, No vanquished’ and proclaimed the 3Rs of Reconstruction,
Rehabilitation and Reconciliation after the civil war, the people of the
south east region are yet to produce a president. Gowon’s 3Rs were
targeted at healing the wounds of the ill-fated war.
Chairman of NFJE, Yunusa Sule, noted that the people of
the south east still felt short-changed in the rulership equation of the
country as they are yet to produce a president of Nigeria, which he
said was indeed a long time and honestly over due.
Besides, Sule equally called on past leaders including
Gen. Yakubu Gowon, Chief Obasanjo, Gen. David Ejoor, Gen. Theophilus
Danjuma, Chief Alfred Diette-Spiff, Gen. Alani Akirinade, President
Muhammadu Buhari, Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Gen. Abdusalami Abubakar and
other great heroes in the country, to facilitate the emergency of an
The group, in a statement, in Abuja, on Tuesday, spoke on
the need for “Ndigbo to put their acts together and foster unity among
themselves in order to forge a common front and collaborate with other
parts of the country to actualise their dream of an Igbo presidency.
“It is in this regard that notable Igbo leaders like
Owelle Rochas Okorocha and Dr. Orji Uzor Kalu have always called on
Ndigbo not to play politics of exclusion.
“These two leaders have shown great patriotism as they rejected any attempt to divide this country.
Owelle Rochas Okorocha who is regarded as a political
Nostradamus has always been a leading light ready to take Ndigbo to the
He has displayed wide vision by building bridges of love
peace and understanding across the country History is replete with the
fact that God has always picked whomever he pleases to lead a people to a
“Ndigbo must support these men of sterling qualities
and stop the ‘pull him down’ syndrome that has characterised their
Democracy is a game of the majority, therefore the
ceaseless attack on the north and a president of Northern extraction
cannot help the cause of Ndigbo.
For the sake of peace equity, and fairness the north
sacrificed its political advantage by embracing the rotational
presidency, the north should therefore be commended and not vilified.
We are therefore calling on the rest of the country to
extend to the south East what was done for the south west in 1999 when
the rest of the country including the south east stood down to produce
Chief Olu Falae and Chief Olusegun Obasanjo as the two leading
presidential candidates. Head or tail, a Yoruba man emerged in the
person of Chief Olusegun Obasanjo. This was done to assuage the
injustice felt by the south west with the annulment of the election won
by Late Chief M.K.O Abiola.