Howl Ndigbo Can Produce A President In 2023 - Unongo - THE DAILY CRUCIBLE

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Howl Ndigbo Can Produce A President In 2023 - Unongo



A second Republic Minister,  Paul Unongo, has advised any ethnic or tribal group, particularly the Ndigbo,  seeking the position of President in 2023 to know that the seat is not something that can be "awarded" through zoning but one that comes from genuine efforts of those who aspire for it as well as the supports of others.

Unongo said nobody is against another becoming the President of the country but explained that in a democracy, those who desire the office should organise themselves in a political party and court the support of other Nigerians to produce a President.

The immediate past Chairman of Northern Elders Forum(NEF) who made this known to reporters during an interview session, noted that the challenges the Igbo face is that they destroy their own people who have the potential to lead the country, stressing that while the Igbo want to produce the president,  they also want every other person to stop their aspirations to that same office. 

According to the Octogenarian, "nobody is going to do that in this country."

"You don’t award presidency through zoning in a democracy. But those who want to be President should be able to organise themselves in a political party and seek the support of others in their bid for the presidency. 

"If they win during an election, so be it. That is what President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress did and succeeded. Are you saying that after Buhari, the ambitions of (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu, who is a leader of a political party that is winning elections, should be crushed or the Vice President should be ignored because of zoning? Will it be fair? People have talked about zoning the presidency to the Igbos in the South-East. 

"But what I can tell you is that they should stop destroying their own people who have the potential to lead the country. Some people say that Okorocha is a mad man but I don’t see that in him because I know him when he was a child in my school. He was very ambitious; somebody who knew what he wanted and he worked for it. The way he was making friends, I knew he was going to be a leader of people. 

"You can’t seat in your house and expect people to come and beg you to be their President. It does not work that way. No one is against anyone becoming President. If I want to be President and Prof. Ben Nwabueze, for instance, wants to be President, will I step down and support him because he has what it takes?

" I personally took Nnamdi Azikiwe round the North when he wanted to be President and I didn’t feel I was being disloyal to the Fulani or Tiv. I just felt he was the best candidate to rule the country at that time. That is how it should be.


"There is one mistake which people always make. I am a psychologist. I am not talking about deviant behaviour; I am talking about appearances. Perception is very important in defining reality. 

"The reality confronting the Igbo is that they want to produce the president and they want every other person to stop their aspirations to that office. Nobody is going to do that in this country. And if that is the case, I will start canvassing that no one should aspire to be president until a Tiv man becomes a president and that will be ridiculous if others follow suit. 

"I want an Igbo person, who wants to be President, to go to other people (and there are many who can do it) and say my name is so..so person, and I have chosen one Alhaji, or a Berom or Fulani as the case may be and begin  to organise themselves properly; then, I will vote for him. 

"But if people expect me to vote for him based on sympathy that Nigeria has not allowed them to be president and that the Tiv should not participate in the Nigerian politics unless an Igbo man is allowed to be President, I will not do that. Who is in politics that has not suffered some form of character assassination?

He also faulted those who keep living with the impression that the numerical strength of the north is fluke or that the population in the south grow better than the north.

He said it is not possible for region that practice monogamy to outnumber area where polygamy hold sway.

"It is annoying to know that what is holding us hostage as a country is the very thing which those who are privileged are refusing a free discussion on.

"And it is annoying to know that what is holding us hostage as a country is the very thing which those who are privileged are refusing a free discussion on.

"They want us to believe that population grows better in the South. How is that possible? If I sleep with my (five) wives, I possibly will have five children in a year while you, with one wife, will only have one child within the same period. 

"But for some strange reasons, people still believe that the population ascribed to the North is not true. They want to show statistics that the population of people with one wife has outgrown those with five wives. It’s not possible. People are intelligent."

Sourced from The Punch

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