2023 Presidency And The Igbos – By Doyin Okupe
I made a statement of fact that unless a national consensus emerges, it will be impossible for a Nigerian president to emerge from the East. This is a political fact.
It is not just the East but also neither the South-West, South-South nor the Middle Belt can produce a president without a national consensus.
Unfortunately, the North with its numbers only need one other zone in the South to produce a president. This is also a fact. Check Alhaji Shehu Shagari’s election results.
The South-West produced a president in 1999 through this national consensus. FACT.
If the North for whatever reason does not buy-in into the Igbo Presidency it is not going to be feasible. FACT.
So, I advocated for the development of the much-needed national consensus to make the 2023 Igbo presidency dream a reality and all hell let loose and venom poured copiously on me.
I even stated that if this consensus emerges I will drop my personal ambition to run in 2023. Yet a rabid attack was unleashed on me.
Some even suggested that because of this I will not be president.
Wow!!! How foolish.
If speaking the truth will stop me from becoming President, then I will NEVER stop speaking the Truth.
If this nation abhors the truth and disparages those who speak the truth with courage, then the nation must prepare to bear the consequences of unrighteousness. For ONLY righteousness will exalt this nation.
For the avoidance of doubt a lot of healing needs to be done in this land. Also, political problems require political solutions. In a multi-ethnic, cultural and religious nation like ours, and given our chequered history, power can only go round through negotiations, platitudes, understanding and application of wisdom.
It cannot be by force, blackmail or upon justifiable demand or idle entitlement disposition.
I REST MY CASE.