Ahead of the 2023 general election, a new group has warned Igbos from aspiring for the post of vice president or coordinator in any political party.
The Movement for the Actualization of Nigerian President of Igbo Extraction, MANPIE, gave the directive on Saturday while inaugurating its officers.
In a keynote address, the group’s South East Chairman, Unuero Sylvester, said the 2023 Nigeria President of Igbo Extraction is an affirmation of the patience of Igbos with Nigeria and abiding faith in the capacity of the fatherland to accommodate and provide a guarantee that they truly belong.
“Ndigbo only need to get their acts together for an Igbo to emerge as President of Nigeria 2023. The arc of the universe is long but it always bends towards justice. Ndigbo are the major ethnic group in Nigeria yet to produce a president.
“And so if we go forth with this faith and this determination to achieve the presidency of Nigeria in 2023, Ndigbo will usher in a new day and a new Nigeria.
“When that day comes the fears of insecurity, marginalization and doubt clouding Nigeria’s future will be transformed into confidence and excitement that Nigeria will accomplish creative goals,” he said.
“The campaign will be mounted in open spaces of the land, in the public domains, in the mainstream media, and the internet. It will have nothing to hide.
“This project solicits the support of all Nigerians who believe in the equality of all our people, in fairness and social justice.
“It demands the attention of all our patriots who subscribe to the principle of equal access to opportunities including power. The project calls for an understanding of people of conscience and refined sensibility who are unfettered by the prejudices of our past and unencumbered by illogical myths and legends.”
He added, “Today MANPIE says to Igbo sons and daughters be not afraid, shun seeking for the Vice President and Coordinator positions and run for the President. If the South West/South-South emerged from the presidential contest, why can’t an Igbo man emerge in 2023, so today we are saying that no Igbo man should run for Vice President in any political party .”
The Media Director of the group, Pastor Peter Dibia said that the essence of creating the group was to remind NdIgbo that the zone is ripe to pioneer the affairs of the country and now is the time.