Pro-Igbo organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, has countered Mamman Daura, an elder statesman and nephew to President Muhammadu Buhari, who had dismissed the issue of zoning and rotation of the nation’s presidency.
Recall that on Tuesday while speaking with the BBC Hausa Service, Mr Daura had argued that competence, not geography, should determine the next president of Nigeria in 2023.
“This turn-by-turn, it was done once, it was done twice, and it was done thrice… It is better for this country to be one…it should be for the most competent and not for someone who comes from somewhere,” he told the BBC Hausa Service in an interview.
Reacting, the President General of Ohanaeze, Chief Nnia Nwodo, through his media aide, Emeka Attamah, insisted that it was the turn of the South, particularly Ndigbo, to produce the President in 2023.
“All we know is that it is the turn of the south where we have abundant competent individuals who can steer the ship of this country, particularly among Ndigbo.”
He reminded that one of the reasons they ganged up and removed Goodluck Jonathan was on the allegation of violating the rotation principle.
“Now that it is the turn of the south they don’t see it in that context anymore.
“The statement by Mamman Daura is, to say the least, self-serving. He should’ve said this before the 2019 elections.
“They ganged up to push President Jonathan aside because they believed it was the turn of the North to produce the President.
“Having benefited enormously from his nephew being the President, he now wants it jettisoned because it is the turn of the South.
“Talking about competence or most qualified, was President Buhari the most qualified Nigerian when he ascended the presidency? Has he proved to be the most competent?
“Are the service chiefs the most competent among their colleagues to warrant their being retained beyond their tenure? Now that it is the turn of the South, precisely South East, he is mouthing most qualified and competent.
“Equity is a constant flagship for peace and good governance. Without it, there will be continued agitation and crisis.
“At his age, Mamman Daura should stand for equity and fairness. Moreover, his stand goes against the grain of the nation’s constitution which enshrines equality for all peoples and sections of the country.”