Despite our present socio-economic problems besetting us as one of the most populous nations on earth, Nigeria is still very interesting to live in.
Some ‘political jobbers’ even from the South-Eastern region, have opined in recent times that Mr. President, Goodluck Jonathan should be allowed to complete his eight years before the Igbo or any other ethnic nationality can talk of running for the presidency.
To me, their opinions do not in any way represent the official position of the people of the South-East (Ndigbo) or their cultural group otherwise known as Ohanaeze Ndigbo on 2015. For sure, any other Igbo chieftain or group of persons is free to air his view on 2015. Nigeria is a very free society where freedom of thought and expression is allowed and many including my very self have doing so.
Earlier before some Igbo politicians’ advice and expressions that president Goodluck Jonathan should run for the second time, which quite a few erroneously believed to be an Igbo endorsement of president Jonathan for 2015, the people of South-East had stated in clear terms that Ndigbo will produce Nigeria’s president in 2015. This statement was understandably made because it is still the only region out of the existing six yet to produce the country’s president. I mean a civilian head of federal government.
I know that many will be quick to ask what about Nnamdi Azikiwe’s presidency but according to history and historians, Nnamdi Azikiwe’s presidency doesn’t fit in here having been only a ceremonial president under the parliamentary system of government during the first republic.
So, the Igbo aspiration to produce Nigeria’s president is right and in order. But whether or not the Igbo will nevertheless go ahead to accomplish their dream in 2015 is ahead of the times. Only time will tell because most humans lack the ability to of determining what the future will be.
We all know politics to be a game, therefore, anything is possible. Someone told me that the Igbo’s greatest challenge will be in terms of support but I do not think the Igbo will have difficulty deciding where their support will come from in 2015.
For avoidance of doubt, the presidency is our right and I know that we shall get it one day. It may be in 2015 or even beyond but I know that it will happen one day. If a ‘minority’ group could get it when they least expected, then the Igbo can get it when their time comes either by an art of God or that of man but never through a ‘do or die’ means.
Politics in this country is like a masquerade dancing and if you want to see it better, you then do not have to stand on a spot. You would definitely have to change positions if you must get what you from Nigerian politics. Please don’t get it twisted!
I know for sure that the Igbo have the resources both human and otherwise and that those behind the Igbo agenda are really focused and they know where they will be leading Ndigbo come 2015.
Their ability to achieve the Igbo presidency is not in doubt at all. Their support for Jonathan in 2011 was a very good decision, never a mistake. Not regrettable for whatsoever reason. That support was borne out of patriotism, love, equity and good conscience. The same reason was responsible for Igbo support for Obasanjo in 1999 and 2003 respectively. You will also agree with me that Yar’Adua enjoyed same support by the Igbo.
According to history, it was the same thinking that Ndigbo supported Shehu Shagari in 1979 and 1983. It was also evident when NPC/NCNC merged thereby giving Tafawa Balewa the needed victory. Call it luck or anything; the Igbo will one day produce the president of this great nation.
Whether Ndigbo in general had gained any tangible thing from supporting past presidents of Nigeria from other ethnic nationalities is a debatable issue.
In my candid opinion, whoever will eventually emerge as Nigeria’s president in 2015 should work to earn it. It has to be based on performance or one’s track record of achievements and never on one’s ethnicity or creed or religion. In fact, incumbency factor should not be a guarantee for 2015 at all. God bless Nigeria!
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