Senate Minority Leader Enyinnaya Abaribe has frowned at opinion shared in some quarters that the southeast is undeserving of having a President of its extraction come 2023 consequent upon the violence the area is mired in.
The Southeast has been rocked by killings, particularly of police officers and facilities by gunmen believed to be members of Eastern Security Network, an arm of the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra.
Speaking at the inauguration of Igbonine, a group promoting Nigerian president of Southeast extraction in Enugu, Enugu State on Monday, Abaribe said the opinion against the Igbo presidency did not wash with him saying that Northwest in 2015 had issues when President Muhammadu Buhari, who hails from the area emerged President, adding that the latter at one time was nominated by Boko Haram to negotiate on their behalves in a proposed meeting with the federal government.
“So, let no one say to us, ‘because of the insecurity in Southeast, an Igbo cannot be President of Nigeria in 2023. I have started hearing some people threatening that. Do not use a different standard for different people in the same country.
“Was there no trouble in the Northwest when (Muhammadu) Buhari (from Katsina State) was elected President? In, fact, Buhari was nominated by Boko-Haram during President Goodluck Jonathan’s Presidency as their negotiator.
”No amount of threat should stop Ndigbo from consistently demanding an equitable treatment in Nigeria and that which is our due. We’re Nigerians and should be given everything that is due to us, including Presidency,” the senator said.