The Governor of Abia State, Okezie Ikpeazu, has mentioned that whereas folks from completely different locations could also be afraid of the dreaded Sambisa forest within the North, an Igbo talking man solely see a enterprise alternative to discover.
Naija Information studies that the South-East governor acknowledged this whereas talking on the 2023 Igbo Presidency on Thursday on the Presidential Villa shortly after a gathering with President Muhammadu Buhari.
It’s not information that Sambisa forest, a big forest in Borno State, homes dreaded Boko Haram terrorists and different lethal sects inflicting unrest within the a part of the nation.
Nonetheless, Ikpeazu believes an Igbo man due to his industrious and adventurous nature could make good out of an unsightly scenario.
Talking on the 2023 presidential election, Ikpeazu mentioned the South-East area needs to be thought of for the place of president of Nigeria as a result of they know the nation greater than different folks.
He, nonetheless, urged his tribesmen not to take a look at the 2023 presidency for granted, slightly they need to negotiate with different elements of the nation on the necessity to enable the zone to supply the President of the nation.
Fielding questions from State Home correspondents on his place on the clamour for a president of South-East extraction in 2023, the governor maintained that the Igbos are pan-Nigerians who reside and make investments in every single place within the nation.
Whereas distancing himself from the 2023 presidential race, Governor Ikpeazu, instructed political events to contemplate the yearnings and aspirations of the South East in deciding on their presidential candidates.
Ikpeazu mentioned, “I’m not within the presidency. I’m very busy as governor and serious about what I’ll turn out to be now will quantity to shortchanging my individuals who gave me a mandate for an preliminary 4 years and renewed it for an additional 4 years and it’ll terminate round Might 2023.
“We’re but in 2021 and will probably be self-serving for me to start to consider what I’ll turn out to be as a substitute of concentrating on serving my folks for time they elected me.
“Could also be after 2023, I’ll start to consider what subsequent I’ll do.
“Having mentioned that, I feel that the south easterners have a proper to take a shot on the presidency of Nigeria and I dare say that our qualification begins from the truth that we perceive and know Nigeria higher than the opposite states of Nigeria.
“I dare say, that is my opinion. We go in every single place, we’re in every single place, we make investments in every single place, we’re pan-Nigerian folks.
“At the moment, lots of people, on a lighter notice are afraid of Sambisa. However for an ibo man, Sambisa is a enterprise alternative.
“So, will probably be preposterous of me to not add my voice to that one.”
Ikpeazu additionally pledged to assist President Muhammadu Buhari until the top of his tenure whereas “we look forward to what occurs to start to unfold. So, these are my views in regards to the presidency,” he mentioned.
Responding to a different query on the qualities that the 2023 presidential candidate ought to possess and the way the political events might select the person, Dr. Ikpeazu mentioned that the particular person will need to have a pan-Nigerian mentality.
In line with him, “In first place, anyone who needs to aspire to the best publish of the presidency, it doesn’t matter the place you come from, will need to have what I regard as pan-Nigerian mentality.
“He should be any individual who has an understanding of all of the contending pursuits and influences on this nation. He should perceive that we’re a rustic of variety with completely different persuasions, custom, tradition, religions and all of those should be put at a spot the place you’ll be able to perceive and respect them.
“That particular person should even be any individual who is able to accommodate the youths of this nation as a result of turning it right into a slogan the truth that youths are our leaders of the longer term haven’t serve us appropriately as a result of we’re drifting into an age that youths perceive which many individuals might not perceive, those that grew up earlier than this period.
“So, the particular person should be prepared to accommodate the youth with out essentially throwing away very skilled ones, he should be capable of discover a labyrinth of all of the pursuits.
“He should additionally replicate an excessive girls agenda. Such an individual should even be in investor-friendly, he should be a person who understands the nuances of economics and what’s the relationship between worldwide politics and financial system and the particular person should be robust sufficient to resist the difficulty on the entrance burner, which is safety.
“He should be capable of create jobs, he should be capable of not deploy the kinetic machine on a regular basis, he should in a position to additionally hear and negotiate peace.
“I’m a Christian and my faith believes that you simply search peace and you can find it. So, that which you search just isn’t commonplace. So, we should be capable of dredge up braveness to hear to at least one one other after which discover a center course on a regular basis for the curiosity of our folks.”
Addressing the function of political events within the emergence of the specified president, Ikpeazu acknowledged: “What the political events must do.
“Effectively, the political events should be delicate to the sentiments of the varied contending forces as a result of politics shouldn’t be a winners take all factor.
“It’s not always that you simply wish to use your would possibly. At instances you hear even to these whom you suppose are weak or these whom you suppose might not be capable of discover themselves on the centre stage resulting from circumstances.
“As a result of in the event you don’t try this, you’ll bottle up sentiments that can implode the system going ahead.
“So, you will need to be capable of create ventilations from right here and there to be able to accommodate various opinions and have methods that will help you run the nation.
“So, all of the political events needs to be alive to those sentiments and emotions in taking choices going ahead.
“And we’re at a vital level in our historical past and something that’s self serving, something that’s egocentric, something that’s results in winner take all mentality needs to be jettisoned right now.
“We have to rescue our nation, we have to work laborious to place Nigeria in a powerful footing earlier than we will start to take a look at different issues.
“So, if now we have this behind our minds, my pondering is that we are going to arrive on the truth that there’s a geo-political zone that has been clamoring and craving for a possibility to steer.
“And we needs to be gracious and magnanimous sufficient to present consideration to such yearnings and aspiration.
“However as I mentioned earlier it can not not be finished in isolation. It’s not a matter proper, it’s not a matter of ‘I’ve to.’ It’s a matter of negotiation, dialog and dialogue going ahead.
“And I feel Nigeria is alive to all of that. We will discover individuals who hear.”
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