By Obinna Unaeze
Minna, Feb. 15, 2021 The Association of Igbo Traditional Leaders in Northern States has called for unity among Igbo people within and outside the country towards actualising the quest for South East presidency in 2023.
Eze Pampas Nwahiwe, Chairman of the association said this in Minna at a special prayer session for Ndigbo in Nigeria and Diaspora on Monday.
“Wherever we find ourselves we should come together and speak with one voice in order not to lose the opportunity of producing the next president of Nigeria come 2023.
“No Igbo man should work against fellow Igbo man in the 2023 presidential election.
“It will not be well for any Igbo man who works against his kinsman in the 2023 presidential election,” he said.
Nwahiwe, also the Eze Igbo of Minna, said that producing Nigeria’s president from South East would help stabilise the situation in the country.
“The Igbo man has something to offer Nigeria if given the chance to prove his worth.
“Besides ensuring equity, justice and fairness for all regions, an Igbo president come 2023 will also not only guarantee peace, curtail insecurity but boost the economy of Nigeria,” he said.
On security challenges in the country, Nwahiwe called for collective effort towards addressing the situation.
Catholic Bishop of Minna Diocese, Most Rev. Martins Uzoukwu who led other clergymen and women of Igbo extraction in the state on the intercessory prayers urged the Igbo people not to forget their roots and to always pray for God’s guidance and direction in whatever they do.
Uzoukwu, represented by Rev. Fr. Emeka Amamchukwu also advised them to return back to God in moments of trials.
The religious leaders urged Nigerians to shun ethnic and religious sentiments to end Nigeria’s numerous challenges.