Nigeria's former president, Olusegun Obasanjo, has urged Igbos to contest for the presidency in 2019.
Obasanjo revealed this on Tuesday, January 24, while hosting the leadership of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), Ogun state chapter, at his Abeokuta Hilltop residence.
He said he was in support of the return to regional governance, as it will solve the problem of marginalization, adding the people of Ogun West senatorial district, should be allowed to produce the next Governor.
He said: “Irrespective of the thinking of the people ahead of 2019, I personally think that South-East should have a go at the Presidency too.
“The same is happening here. If Ijebu and Egba have produced the governor, it is only fair and just to allow the Yewa or Ogun West to also produce governor. Or else, one day, they will also stand up and take up arms against this injustice against them. That is my personally position on this.”
The former president speaking on the crisis in Southern Kaduna, said: “My findings so far show that everyone is talking from the position of strength. People are not talking from knowledge of what they know and this is not helping. We must be able to dump all our sentiments to overcome the challenges.
“Just like other cases of injustice around us, we need peace; it is only peace with justice that can solve all these crises. Genuine peace is what everyone is craving for and this can only come when there is justice.”
It was reported earlier that the north is making moves to get an alternative to President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of the 2019 general election, NAIJ.com has learnt from authoritative sources.
It was further learnt that as the hunt commences, Obasanjo seems to have settled for between his two allies, former governors of Jigawa and Kano, Sule Lamido and Rabiu Kwankwaso.
Sources privy to the political situations in the north told NAIJ.com in the afternoon of Monday, January 23, 2017 that 2019 was one of the issues discussed when former President Goodluck Jonathan visited Obasanjo on Friday, January 20.