A former president of Nigeria, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Nigerians to leave the 2023 presidency for the South East geo-political region, noting that for fairness and justice, the South East should produce the president in 2023.
Obasanjo, who made the plea when the Political Action Committee, PAC, of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, an apex Igbo socio-cultural group, led by its President General, George Obiozor, paid him a visit at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library in Abeokuta, remarked that it was inconceivable to have peace and progress in a country that is rooted in injustice.
He commended the Ohanaeze Ndigbo delegation for demanding their rights and reiterated that he is in agreement that to ensure justice, peace, fairness and sustainable national development, the next president must come from the south east, adding that the least acceptable minimum was a president from the southern part of Nigeria.
He recalled that his democratic government adopted a rotation and sharing formula for six key party political and government offices among the six geopolitical zones, which stood the country and the party in good stead.
Obasanjo explained that the federal character; rotation of power and other such measures are meant to help our nation-building process and riding over such measures is detrimental to the nation building process.
He further emphasised that what he owes Nigeria is sincerity, objectivity and guidance.
President General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, George Obiozor, had earlier commended Obasanjo for his unwavering commitment to the peace and unity of the country.
Noting that Obasanjo is one of the most respected Nigerians in the world because of his accomplishments while in office, Obiozor said the former president remains one of the strongest voices in Nigeria.
Similarly, Ayo Adebanjo, the leader of the Afenifere Group, a Pan-Yoruba socio-political group, who received the Ohanaeze delegation at his Lekki residence, said he believes in equity and justice.
He stressed that it is the turn of the south east to produce a president for Nigeria, adding that he told Bola Tinubu, not in the newspaper, but face-to-face, not to contest the 2023 election.