Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, Politician and Renowned engineer has bared his mind following the call to allow Igbos to produce the next Nigerian president come 2023.
Iwuanyanwu in an interview with TheSun noted that for the Igbo people to feel accommodated and experience the fairness and equity in Nigeria, they should be supported by all Nigerians to produce the next country president.
“We have been treated badly at various times and even now, the presidency”, Iwuanyanwu told TheSun.
According to him they was an agreement between the political class that Igbo will produce the next President. He added that, although, the agreement may not have been written, “but it’s an agreement, mutually known by all the political parties, that presidency should rotate North and South”.
“This is an agreement reached by patriotic Nigerians who believe in the unity of this country, who believe in peace, who believe in stability, who believe in happiness and unity of this country.
“That presidency will reside eight years in the North and then eight years in the South. Now, by the time Buhari will finish his present tenure, it should have resided eight years in the North. It will come to South and if it comes to the South, the Igbo are saying that it is in the Southeast.
“The Yoruba have taken their turn. The whole country helped them to take it. South-south has taken their turn; we helped them to take it. Now, we want them to help us, the Igbo (Southeast) to take our own. People are rising and talking”, the politician added.
When asked if he will be running, the Septuagenarian said No!, adding that even if won’t be running but he would support anyone capable of leading the country.
“I cannot run at the moment because of my age. At my age, I have retired from appointments and elections, but I want in my own life time, that even though I didn’t succeed, that an Igbo man succeeds. We are not making frivolous demand. We are demanding what we think is our due.
“I have even seen some Igbo being negative about it because they won’t be the person. Myself, I know I won’t be the person, I don’t even know who the person is, but I know that there are so many Igbo in all political parties, even in APC, who can be president of Nigeria. There are Igbo in APC who can be president of Nigeria. There are Igbo in PDP who can be president of Nigeria.
“There are Igbo in other political parties who can be president of Nigeria. All we want is let Nigerians know that we are part of this country. You see, the Igbo will have a sense of fulfilment, a sense of belonging if one of them is helped to be the president of this country. Nobody can become the president from any part of Nigeria without the other people supporting you.
“It is very clear that if the others don’t support the Igbo, we cannot be president, but others have been president because other people supported them. So, that is the point. One cannot say the Igbo want to be present, we know but we are appealing to Nigerians that we need your support because it’s a matter of fairness and equity. That’s what we are asking for.