A coalition group identified as Equity Movement Turn by Turn has demanded that an Igbo man should take over the leadership of Nigeria after President Muhammadu Buhari, Naija News reports.
The group said it is paramount that the Southern region of the nation be allowed to taste the seat of power after a long while for fairness and equity sake.
EMTT stressed that the South-East would likely exit Nigeria if an Igbo man is denied the nation’s number one political position come 2023.
The group appealed to all former and present leaders of the country not to allow the next Nigerian President to elude the region.
The group stressed that if Nigerians cannot trust the Igbo, they should allow them to go in the best interest of the country.
In a statement signed by the national chairman of the group, Hon Gaius Ezeh, the director of Western Region, Oluwatuase Kolawole; director, Eastern Region, Hon Dan Ejianya and director, Northern Region, Ahmed Tukur, the group said its main objective was to ensure unity of Nigeria and its various units by urging political parties to consider zones that have not yet had the opportunity of occupying various relevant positions, to be given the chance.
EMTT opined that after an Igbo man may have completed his tenure, the highest political position could be Nigeria’s North East or North Central.
The group further argued that the idea of creating six geo-political zones in the country was to ensure that the office of Nigeria’s President rotates among the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, Naija News reports.
It recalled that the zoning arrangement was spearheaded at a national conference by late Dr Alex Ekwueme, the former Vice President of Nigeria to ensure that no section of the country was marginalized.
The EMTT statement read further that “All the registered political parties entrenched the zoning arrangement in their party constitutions and commenced sharing political offices in the spirit of the six regional zoning arrangement.
“Now, it seems that our politicians have started the game of winner takes all with outright marginalization of some zones from having the opportunity to produce the President of Nigeria.
“It was in the spirit of this that Equity Movement Turn by Turn came on board as a pressure group to remind politicians that Nigeria belongs to all of us and for Nigeria to have peace and unity, the principles of equity, justice and fair cent must be observed by ensuring that political offices rotate, first among the six geopolitical zones,” the group insisted.
The group also said, it participated in the discussions for the zoning of the gubernatorial seats in Anambra State and achieved one hundred percent success in its efforts and had resolved to replicate same comes 2023 to ensure that an Igbo man succeeded President Muhammadu Buhari, Naija News reports.