Senior statesman and previous legislative head of Anambra State, Dr Chukwuemeka Ezeife has said that no Igbo man will at present case Nigerian citizenship if the South East zone isn’t bolstered to create the country’s leader in 2023.
In this meeting with WILLY EYA, he was vehement that denying the East the opportunity to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 will be unreasonably perilous for the solidarity of the nation.
A noteworthy issue of worry to each Nigerian today is the expanding level of instability of lives and property in the nation today; as a senior native of this nation, how would you feel?
I think our customary pioneers including the Obas, Obis, Emirs and others from different territories should hold some sort of summit.
It is fundamental that the herders are addressed appropriately. Whatever occurs, they are the last failures in the game, anyway way it closes. On the off chance that they feel that they are the pioneers and anything they desire will occur, and they chat with some sort of egotism, no one appreciates beeing talked down on.
They ought to likewise collaborate with holy places and mosques to discover an answer for the difficulties we are looking as a nation. What’s going on now is extremely terrible. I heard that around two individuals at the beginning of today were grabbed in Anambra and I heard one was approached to bring N1.5 million and the subsequent individual requested to bring a few millions as payoff. Such an advancement isn’t useful for the nation.
At the point when the British, our pioneer bosses left Nigeria, the Fulani had an excellent name. Presently, I am certain that quite a while from now, that is in the event that it will be that long, a few people will end up loathed so much that no one will get a kick out of the chance to see them and it isn’t useful for anyone to fall into that class. I don’t need my kin to be so detested and I don’t likewise need the Fulani to be so despised. Anyone who feels he is appreciating the circumstance currently isn’t sensible; it’s anything but a pleasant circumstance. We advance to individual gatherings to sue for quiet and we ought to likewise be conversing with God concerning the circumstance we wind up in Nigeria.
Do you concur with the individuals who demand that the style of administration of President Muhammadu Buhari is the reason for the emergencies we are having particularly in the security circumstance in the nation?
There are numerous things going on and a few people say he is doing what he is doing in light of the fact that he is the supporter of the Miyetti Allah. Every one of these things ought to be remedied for the eventual fate of the nation. One of the accounts originating from certain gatherings and conspicuous northerners is that southerners, particularly the Igbo, are getting a charge out of in the North while they make their place South awkward for the herders. What is your response to that?
Everyone knows reality. Individuals may imagine yet everyone knows reality. The Igbo man is agreeable in Japan, China, United States, any piece of the world. Regardless of the state of wherever they get themselves, they attempt to make due there. Anyone making that sort of implication realizes that Nigeria has completely profited by the Igbo man. The Igbo man has faith in Nigeria and aides in building up the nation. We should all approach what’s going on in Nigeria today with a receptive outlook.
Such huge numbers of noticeable Northerners are as of now flying a kite that power won’t descend South in 2023 after President Buhari would have gone through eight years in office ? As a statesman from the South East zone which is yet to have a taken shots at the administration since 1999, what is your interpretation of the projection?
It is anything but difficult to pontificate. There will be no Igbo citizenship of Nigeria if in 2023, the South East isn’t given genuine opportunity to create the leader of this nation. In the wake of being given a genuine possibility and we couldn’t make it, that could be seen however on the off chance that anyone starts to state that there is no way in 2023, that will be extremely risky. The contention by certain individuals is that the Igbo are not playing great governmental issues by continually putting their eggs in a single crate. The clarification is that the locale has constantly related to the PDP and ought not anticipate anything from the APC government?
I don’t have the foggiest idea what number of containers there are. Individuals who need to pursue their brains would consistently do as such.
In the 2019 presidential race, the PDP presidential applicant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar who everyone knows where he originates from, turned into a unique Igbo man. How might anyone have approached the Igbo to isolate themselves and vote one section for Atiku Abubakar and the other for President Buhari. The Igbo did not decide in favor of one gathering really. They decided in favor of both the PDP and the APC however we pursued our psyches simply like we pursued previous President Goodluck Jonathan. We can’t start to profess not to know where we need to go. I am stating that when the ball is in our court, let them vote in favor of us, that’s it in a nutshell.
Be that as it may, with the image you are finding in the nation today, what do you believe is the eventual fate of Nigeria?
I am certain you know me. For generally excellent reasons, particularly being a financial specialist, I have confidence in one Nigeria. I incline toward one Nigeria. Along these lines, I accept that as opposed to having smaller than expected nations called Nigeria, I lean toward that Nigeria is a major nation where there is harmony and where the market is as huge for what it’s worth and where people find a sense of contentment with each other. This is the thing that I am thinking. In such a circumstance, no one loses. The manner in which I am believing is a similar way other Igbo are contemplating it; they ache for a serene enormous region.
How did the suspension of the dubious Ruga settlement approach come to you? I pose this inquiry in light of the fact that many are calling for altogether wiping out of the arrangement to hinder the reaction over feelings of trepidation of its long haul ramifications on the territories where they are set up.
I think there are numerous errors being made by this organization. We have a law which endowed the land to the state governors and not to the leader of the nation. In this manner, on the off chance that we pursue our very own law which we gave ourselves, it will be better, rather than searching for land that does not have a place with the Federal Government.