2023: South East Monarchs, Elders, CAN Urge Buhari To Support Region’s Bid For Presidency

President Buhari

South East traditional rulers’ council, elders of Igboland and the southeast chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) have urged President Muhammadu Buhari to support the emergence of the 2023 presidency of Southeast extraction, for fairness, equity and justice.

The stakeholders who made the plea at a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at Government House, Abakaliki, on Friday, also urged the President to apply the political solution in the release of the leader of the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), Mazi Nnamdi Kanu.

The stakeholders said the continuous detention of Kanu had increased insecurity challenges bedeviling the South East region.

Chairman of the southeast Traditional Rulers’ Council, Eze Charles Mkpuma, who spoke on behalf of the region’s monarchs, said, “We plead with you Mr. President to grant the plea for the South East to produce the next President of the country in 2023.”

“We urge you to look inwards and build the rest of administration around the South Easterner who has an outstanding performance”, the monarchs added.

The monarchs, on the detention of Kanu, noted that they were in support of the President in the fight against insecurity in the South-East and the entire country, adding, “we however plead with you as a compassionate father to temper justice with mercy in the case of our son, Nnamdi Kanu. We have started a dialogue to ensure that all those who feel aggrieved are brought to round a table discussion.”

The monarch also pledged to continue to support the President and appealed to him not to listen to those advocating for an interim government, as according to them, they are inviting anarchy.

A first republic Minister, Chief Mbazuluike Amaechi, who spoke on behalf of the elder of Igboland, also pleaded with President Buhari to honour him while alive by releasing Kanu as well as supporting the emergence of a president from Igbo extraction in 2023.

“I want to see peace in this country before I join my ancestors, I want to see peace in the South East, particularly where there is an upsurge of crisis and something that will lead to that peace is around the corner and we are asking you to give me the mandate and I will give you peace. I guarantee you this Mr. President.

“We say in Igbo land that a mad man is owned by his people. If somebody was mad yesterday, and on a guarantee of elders like me and other elders, I will bring him out and that is to get peace.

“Help us to get the peace and I will give you peace in this part of this country and also in Nigeria because I am a Nigerian, I took part in the struggle for the independence of this country,” Mbazuluike said.

For CAN, the South East Chairman, Rev. Fr. Abraham Nwali, lamented the current situation in the country and called on the President to intervene urgently.

Nwali said the sit-at-home in the Southeast, has crippled the region’s economy, even as he lamented the problem banditry which he said was engulfing the nation.

“Our society is growing by violence with a lot of youth restiveness. We know that you are doing your best to solve these problems but we request kindly your Excellency for more dialogue with all nationalists and more empowerment to the various security agencies to tackle this monster called insecurity.

“We request that you exercise the promotion of equity, fairness, and social justice by all institutions and political parties especially as we approach the year of transition.

“We plead for a political solution as a father, a loving father, a forgiving father to grant Nnamdi Kanu freedom. We pray that he be granted pardon as we call on all agitators to cease all forms of hostilities and other demands for a nation where the plight of the poor, the weak, and the oppressed will be addressed.

“Your Excellency, history shall be kind to you and you will have the greatest ovation in the world if your administration can do that which all think will not be possible to assist for the emergence of President of Nigeria in South East of Igbo extraction come 2023.

“It was done in South West in 1999 and NADECO and other agitating groups ceased all hostilities. Agitations in the South East will likewise disappear if you grant us that unique privilege”, Nwali said.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here