Minna- Igbo Delegates Assembly (IDA), an apex body championing the welfare and peaceful co-existence among Igbos and their host communities in the 19 northern states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, has declared that only a President of Igbo extraction in 2023 can assuage the Igbo nation as major stakeholders in the Nigerian business to bring about peace, unity and progress of Nigeria.
“Unfortunately, northern Nigeria has produced more than 50 percent of Nigeria’s President since independence against principles of equity, justice and fairness for major stakeholders like the Igbo man, despite not only strategic but major block without which Nigeria’s unity and developments will remain a mileage”, the IDA said.
Rising from its quarterly meeting which took place in Minna, the Niger State capital, the umbrella/leadership body of Ndigbo argued that, treating the Igbos as second class citizen or being relegated to the background despite being a major stakeholder must stop.
The IDA, in a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting wants all the geopolitical zones, all political parties, all political stakeholders, traditional institutions and every other relevant bodies to in the spirit of; equity, justice and fairness sincerely consider zoning Presidency to the south east come, 2023.
Considering an Igbo man the next President after President Muhammadu Buhari will make the south east, a major block in Nigeria’s political and social economic spheres have a sense of belonging in the development and unity of our great nation.
“It is on record that no south easterner has been given the opportunity to lead the nation as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. IDA, the second largest organized Igbo socio-cultural body in the world after Ohanaeze Ndigbo worldwide, wants an end to continued sidelining of the Igbos in scheme of things in Nigeria.”
“Nothing will assuage, than a Nigerian President of Igbo extraction to take over from Buhari, the communiqué said, after successful, fruitful and progressive deliberations on the best way forward for both Ndigbo and Nigeria.
At its quarterly meeting in Minna, Niger state capital on Friday, 20th September 2019, the IDA resolved among others to “Continue to seek/explore all available legitimate avenues to provide security and welfare for Igbos living in northern parts of Nigeria, particularly among host communities and every other person living wherever we are domiciled’.
“To continue to seek and promote the best ways to co-exist peacefully and harmoniously with host communities and other citizens, work closely with both states and federal governments, traditional institutions and every other body necessary for peace and tranquility”.
The IDA also engages in developing and engaging available channels of communications with relevant institutions for ease of interactions and dissemination of information which will enable the expected effective prompt actions and deliveries towards actualizing desired results.
The group wants their kinsmen to feel at home in any of the 19 northern states and the FCT, Abuja and to remain committed and resilient contributing their quota to the socio-economic growth and development of states where they reside and do their legitimate businesses.
Regrettably, the Hausa/Fulani in the north has controlled power since independence in 1960 more than any other tribe or region, this the IDA argued is no longer acceptable to the Igbo man who painstakingly takes their exceptional business enterprise skills traversing nooks and crannies contributing to the development of the states and world at large.
The Communiqué jointly signed by the IDA President and Secretary, Chief Chikezie Nwogu and Comrade Austin Ofokansi Ifedinezi respectively, “Task all the geo-political zones, all political parties, all political stakeholders, all the traditional institutions and every other relevant bodies in Nigeria to sincerely consider zoning the Presidency of Nigeria to the south east come 2023”.
While appreciating the government and people of Niger state for the security and warm reception accorded them throughout their stay, the Igbo Delegates Assembly prayed that such peaceful coexistence among all ethnic nationalities in the state often described as miniature Nigeria continues unabated.