A former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has said that the 2019 elections would present a better possibility for the Igbo to produce the president of the country than 2023.
Ezeife said Ndigbo should not be begging people for Igbo presidency, adding that Fulanis, Yorubas, and others would be happier if an Igbo becomes President.
The former Governor was reacting to the believe in some quarters that supporting President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 will pave the way for Igbo presidency in 2023.
Fielding questions from the Sun, Ezeife said, “I don’t see the possibility. Indeed, we may be very negative and we may be timid also, otherwise the circumstances of now make 2019 a better possibility for Ndigbo.
“And I don’t believe that we should be begging people for Igbo presidency. It is my view that we should go and pray to God now because He knows that if we take over the presidency of Nigeria, the Fulanis will be happier, the Yorubas will be happier and every part of Nigeria will benefit when we handle the economic development of Nigeria.
“Therefore, my recommendation is that we should pray to God. Talking about 2023, it is mission very dicey and anybody selling that to people is trying to deceive them.
“What is the power equation you have? How many times have they rotated power to the South-east?
“What is important for me is that Igbo people should go and pray to their God to forgive them everything they may have committed and give them a chance to save Nigeria.”
“To give Ndigbo a chance to save Nigeria economically is what I’m talking about. When we take over power and I hope the right person takes over, the economy will experience explosive growth and instead of looking for petty things to fight over, people would prefer to be at the frontiers of the economy,” Ezeife added.