– The demands for an Igbo man to become the next president has received another acceptance
– This is as two Anglican and Catholic Bishops backed the position of Ohanaeze on Igbo presidency come 2023
– The Bishops argued that for the sake of fairness and equity, President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor must come from southeast
As the conversation on the 2023 presidency continues to gain prominence in the political discussions amid sundry calls for the next president to be of Igbo extraction, two Anglican and Catholic bishops have pitched their tents with Ohanaeze Ndigbo.
This is as Anglican Archbishop on the Niger and Bishop of Awka Diocese, Rev Alexander Ibezim and Catholic Bishop of Awka Diocese, Paulinus Ezeokafor declared that an Igbo man should be allowed to rule the country.
Legit.ng recalls that Ohanaeze, an apex socio-political group in the southeast, has been at the forefront agitation for the Igbo presidency.
In their argument, the organisation, led by its national president Chief Nnia Nwodo, said since the northern region, southsouth and southwest have produced presidents, the successor of President Muhammadu Buhari must be an Igbo man.
Backing the position of Ohanaeze on Friday, December 26, Bishops Ibezim and Ezeokafor said Igbo should be allowed to rule the country for the sake of fairness and equity.
The cleric spoke differently in their Christmas message, saying Igbo presidency is a serious demand, for justice and equity.
“At least from 1999, it’s obvious that Obasanjo has ruled, Yaradua took over, which Jonathan completed and tried his turn. Now is Buhari. I think it’s the time of the Igbos to man the post.
”It’s a serious demand, for justice and equity to take its course. Otherwise, these are some of the things that generate frictions, when someone feels he’s no longer part of the arrangements.”
Meanwhile, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) national leader, has been urged to drop the presidential ambition for 2023.
The appeal was made on Wednesday, December 23, by a former lawmaker and Senate chief whip, Roland Owie.
Owie further explained that justice is to allow other regions to produce President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor since the zoning arrangement began from the southwest.
Tinubu, a former Lagos state governor, has also been rumoured to be eyeing the country’s highest stool, though no official pronouncement has been made from the camp of the APC chieftain.
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