In a statement issued by Senator Solomon Onwe, Director of Operation of the pan Igbo group, Njiko Igbo said it was unfortunate that a section of the country, which had held power for nearly 40 years of Nigeria 53 years as an independent nation, was insisting that power must return to it in 2015.
Onwe said though it was the right of every section of the country to agitate for the presidency the only thing morally right is for the South-East to produce the president of Nigeria in 2015 in the interest of equity and fair play.
He said: "Even more irrational is the fact that this vociferous demand is being couched in terms of the morality of power rotation. But Nigerians ought to understand that as far as central executive power politics in this country is concerned, the only moral imperative is the concession of the presidency to a Nigerian citizen of Igbo extraction.
"In a recent public statement credited to ‘northern leaders’, aspects of which were meant to insult other sections of the country, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, the putative spokesman for the ‘leaders’ said, among other things, that ‘if you look at other parts of the country that are making noise, they are small enclaves, perhaps may not be bigger than Kaduna State’."
Njiko Igbo accepts that in a democratic setting, it is the political right of every section of this country to aspire to the presidency, but insists that such an aspiration must be based on considerations of the democratic ingredients of justice, equity, fair play and genuine moral conduct.
The arrogance that frequently erupts from certain sections of the country is not conducive to the realisation of equality of opportunity in a pluralistic, multi-cultural and multi-religious society such as Nigeria.
"The negotiation of the power equation in this country should not be conducted on the basis of aggression, intimidation, insults or ethno-religious arrogance. It must be done on the basis of mutual respect, understanding and sympathetic consideration of the sensibilities of other elements that make up this complex nation. The old simple ways must yield to the sophisticated complexities of today. These are serious times ovulating serious issues that require serious people’s attention.
"For the North to refer to other section of the country populated by patriotic and freeborn citizens as mere enclaves is to suggest that such regions are not qualified either to aspire to or to remain in the central executive position in this country.
"As far as we know, the South-East and South-South are, respectively, the major contenders for the presidency in 2015. To dismiss these regions as mere enclaves and the inhabitants who are seeking the highest office in the land as mere noise makers is the height of arrogance and betrays the imperialistic instincts that have thwarted democracy in this country and retarded its progress."