A group, Igbo for a Progressive Nigeria, has charged the people of the South-East to drop their beggarly posture in their quest to occupy Aso Rock in 2023.
The president of the group, Lawrence Onuzulike said this on Monday at a press conference in Akwa, the capital of Anambra State in the South East.
He said Igbo should stop displaying persecution mentality by begging for the presidential slot, blaming their inability to clinch the position long ago on the beggarly disposition they have assumed.
He said as a bonafide Nigerian, any Igbo that is interested in the presidential position should do so as a matter of right, and not a privilege.
“Nobody gives us Igbo presidency. We’re Nigerians. We’re not black Americans fighting for acceptance in America. This is our country and we just have to take what is ours.
“There’s nobody in this country that’s more Nigerian than the other. So nobody can give me the presidency in my own country. It’s my right and I’ll take it.
“Before, we used to be number one in this country, then we became number two, then number three. Now, we’re not even number four, not five.
“We should be president the way others became president. We have to start building bridges of understanding and partnership with those from other regions.”
“We’re happy with the body language of the new Ohaneze Ndigbo. Definitely, we’ll work with this new Obiozor-led body. We’re already in discussion with him. We won’t work with anybody that will take Igbo people backward or whose agenda is self-enrichment.”