Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, who spoke on Monday in Enugu at the inauguration of the Igbonine Organisation, has stated that no amount of threat against Ndigbo will stop them from demanding equal treatment in Nigeria.
According to him,
“Every Igbo person believes that they are part of Nigeria and that’s why we also want to aspire to be president of Nigeria but let no one say to us, because of the insecurity in the South-East, the Igbo cannot be president of Nigeria in 2023. Don’t use different standards for different people in the same country.”
“Was there no trouble in the North-West when Buhari was elected president? In fact, Buhari was nominated by Boko Haram during President Goodluck Jonathan’s presidency as their negotiator.
“No amount of threat should stop Ndigbo from consistently demanding equitable treatment in Nigeria and that which is our due. We are Nigerians and we should be given everything that is due to us, including the presidency.”
He continued by saying:
“If the dominant position in Nigeria today is restructuring, then the minimal demand of Ndigbo in Nigeria cannot be anything less than that of restructuring.
“We cannot be in a country where my own child will be required to score 120 percent to enter a unity school, while another child from elsewhere will be required to score just two points to gain admission in the same school.”
Kingsley Moghalu, the guest speaker on the occasion in a keynote address, titled, ‘What do we want?’, has said;
“In spite of the marginalization of the Igbo, the tribe must continue to resist any hegemonic worldviews in Nigerian politics and assert its political relevance through persuasion combined with firmness and partnerships with other ethnic groups.”