2023 Igbo Presidency, Dead On Arrival!!! The Voice Of Esau And The Hands Of Jacob, By Amako Nneji  

By Post-Nigeria: August 21, 2018 14:29

2023 Igbo Presidency, Dead On Arrival!!! The Voice Of Esau And The Hands Of Jacob, By Amako Nneji   

Senate President, Bukola Saraki, on Monday, dropped a shocker that has utterly disorganised the political permutation secretly on-going in the South-East geopolitical zone, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The permutation that had been long sold to the South-Easterners before Saraki’s big revelation, was that: “A vote for Buhari in 2019, is a vote for Igbo Presidency, in 2023.”

However, here is Saraki’s recent bombshell that has completely turned things around: “Tinubu expressed a strong opinion that he would rather ‘support a Buhari on the hospital stretcher’ to get a second term, because in 2023, power will shift to the South-West.”

After this surprising revelation by Saraki, I am now asking: “Where is that loud mouth Governor from the South-East, that said that Buhari’s second term will guarantee an Igbo Presidency, in 2023?”

Several calls I put to the Governor’s Media Aide for a quick response on Saraki’s assertion, were not picked or returned.

What a bad market for the APC, who had been campaigning vigorously in the South-East, by dangling the non-existing 2023 Presidential ticket to the Igbos.

Obviously the Igbos are the most aggrieved and marginalised in the country, when it comes to power sharing, infrastructural development, among other dividends of democracy.

I recall vividly, that ex-President, Olusegun Obasanjo, once mooted the idea of an Igbo Presidency, last year, when he visited the South-East. Sadly, many undiscerning Igbos latched onto it. However, the idea of an Igbo Presidency, is as repugnantly warped, as it is deceptively crafted to further put the Igbos down.

By the way, what does an Igbo Presidency mean? A President of the South-East, as in Biafra, or a President of Nigeria of Igbo extraction? A tenured President that could be impeached the next month, by a conniving and conspiratorial country? A President that would still serve the interest of the imperialist North, as Obasanjo himself did for the Yorubas?

The Yorubas were ‘given’ the Presidency to compensate them for the murder of Chief MKO Abiola, the presumed winner of the June 12, 1993, Presidential election, who was allegedly murdered while in detention, over his insistence on reclaiming his annulled mandate. The key word ‘given’ is deliberately chosen, because truly the powers that be, schemed and ‘dashed’ the Yorubas the Presidency, yet imposing their surrogate.

The Yorubas rejected Obasanjo, but nothing came of their rejection, as Obasanjo had been decreed, and so it was. He became President, and nobody is sure if the Yorubas have anything to show for his eight-year tenancy in Aso Rock, where he sadly even lost his wife.

Now, Buhari and his APC cohorts intend to play the same card on the Igbos, but it is DEAD ON ARRIVAL.

Obasanjo’s Presidency brought the worst ridicule on the Igbos, when within that short tenure, he used the Igbos to play Russian roulette, causing them to produce four Senate Presidents, Adolphus Wabara, Evan(s) Enwerem, Chuba Okadigbo, and Anyim Pius, within that short space of time. It was so shameful the Igbos were projected as dry quicksand, cascading dissonantly in different directions. That is what this latest gambit wants to be replicated, but it shall surely fail.

Seriously, the Igbos do not need the Presidency of Nigeria; neither do they need a separatist Republic of Biafra, if it can be avoided. The resurgent agitation for Biafra, is borne out of the fact that the very issues that led to Biafra 50 years ago, have remained with us and degenerating. The stupid removal or change of the Biafra name in Nigeria’s map, has not wiped away its memory.

Subsequent administrations, beginning from Murtala Muhammed, and this same Obasanjo, followed suit to treat the Igbos like pariahs, a conquered people that deserved not even the crumbs from the master’s table. That is the thrust of the restiveness among the youths.

To worsen matters, the ban on the teaching of history in schools, in a bid to rid the nation of the horrific memories of the civil war, made oral history the driving force of today’s agitation.

These post-civil war Igbo youths, who did not experience the revulsions of the war, depend largely on what their parents told them, some distorted or exaggerated. These youths grew up experiencing the same hatred their fathers told them about, as they are killed and hunted down over issues, to which they have no connection, as if Nigeria decided that honour awaits whoever hurts the Igbos.

Talking about an Igbo Presidency is unacceptable. It is gratuitous and further subjugates the Igbos to the caprices of a domineering North. What the Igbos want, is a restructured or reformed Nigeria, built on true federalism, whereby each component can develop at its own pace, without let or hindrance. Nigeria should rise up and address the inequities in the land.

Talking about restructuring; virtually all sections of the country have agreed on the need for restructuring, except the imperious North. It is unfortunate that the North has elevated itself to be the Federal Republic of Nigeria, such that only the North can decide what goes on, who gets what, and who gets nothing; who stays in Nigeria, and who must quit. Unfortunately for them, as Nigeria’s looming collapse approaches, this North is playing the ostrich. Who knows, by the time it raises its head buried in the sand, its assumed empire will have since gone for good.

It does not matter what it is called, restructuring, or any other nomenclature, including mental restructuring, as canvassed by Obasanjo; what is certain, is that Nigerians need to have an open-heart surgery, where all sections of the country will sit at a table, to discuss the way forward.

An Igbo Presidency is belittling and deluding. Those already salivating over the king’s porridge, should check if truly Igbo blood flows in them.

Daniel and his friends rejected that varnished meal, refusing to defile themselves; thus, the Hebrew children defied both fire and the lion’s fangs, because the Lord of hosts stepped into the arena of battle (Daniel 3).

Likewise, every wise Igbo must reject the offer of a hollow Presidency. Let there be equity, justice, and fairness for all; the Igbos can stand firm on their feet unaided, once the proper paradigms are in place.

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